Despite low temperatures and frosty mornings, we are continuing to harvest some winter greens from the garden.
The Cavalo Nero, as always, makes a great winter vegetable, with a robust flavour with a hint of sweetness. Unfortunately, though, the pak choi is really bitter – not sure whether this is a trait of the variety, which is different to those we grew and enjoyed through the summer, or a symptom of malcontent.
Whatever the answer, it’s a shame, as the plants look crisp and fresh, seeming to stand up to the weather well so far.
For more seasonal greenery, this weekend we bought our Christmas tree from a local farm, which will stand out in the garden for another week before we bring it into the house and dress it. We always choose a Norway Spruce; while the fine needles may drop everywhere, the sweet scent vividly conjures up childhood Christmases for us both, so there’s no contest from its no-drop no-scent cousins in our eyes – although the fact that it will stand on a sweepable slate floor probably helps! The smell in the car as we drove it home was quite delicious.
With less demands on our time from the garden, I’ve been spending some time sewing; one of my latest projects being this ladybird dress for my god-daughter’s first Christmas. I have a few other gifts still to finish, and various bits of baking, not to mention cards to write and send, so free time is something of a luxury of late.
That reminds me: I must order some ladybird poppy seeds for next year…