The great thing about living in the country is that there is plenty of space to grow fruit and vegetables - sometimes too much space in fact and managing the garden and fighting the weeds is quite a battle that I often lose! However, this year has been fantastic so far for fruit as there were no frosts and the early cool weather gave the fruit extra time to establish and grow. We currently have enough cherries to feed a small village, even with the pigeons taking their share!
Staying here you are welcome to pick what happens to be in season. So currently we have plenty of gooseberries, red currants, white currants, red and blush cherries, rhubarb, salad, rocket, spinach, red onions and garlic to share with guests. There is nothing better than picking produce on a warm summer's day like today and then cooking or eating it straight away.
We have had a great crop of asparagus and strawberries and now the rest of the soft fruit is becoming ready. Broad beans are looking good, though the pheasants took all my peas. The salads are beginning to go to seed and I need to sow some more for early autumn. I am hoping this year to get to grips with cabbages and Brussels sprouts - though they often seem to elude me - I grow the seed, but planting out at the right time or preserving them from all those other creatures that would like to eat them seems beyond me!