I started my week by taking a quick trip to town. On the way back I walked through ‘Castle Gardens’ which is literally 2 minutes walk from the city centre.
“The Castle Gardens in Leicester was the original site of Leicester Castle, all that can be seen now is the large mound that it was once situated upon. This 4 acre site has a rock garden, mixed borders and a river boat landing next to the Grand Union Canal”
Castle Gardens is one of those hidden gems of Leicester, that people walk past everyday and never visit……if only they knew what they were missing, as even in the rain it was beautiful and so peaceful.
I used to bring my daughters here for picnics when they were small, so it has some lovely memories for me too.
I noticed Leicester City Council had once again placed really good information signs around the park too:
This week in my garden:
Autumn officially started this week and I have noticed that there is a ‘nip’ in the air in the mornings now and it definately gets darker far earlier in the evenings.
Some of my plants are starting to show that autumn is here too and I will shortly be clearing them away:
My autumn raspberries are producing berries well, especially considering they were only planted this year:
I’m still watching my ‘patty pan’ plant with interest wondering if it will beat the first frost and provide me with a small harvest?
And my sweetcorn still has a clear liquid inside each kernel, so unfortunately it is not ready to pick yet!
My outdoor tomatoes which are a variety called ‘money maker’ are huge and are finally starting to ripen, after I removed most of their leaves so the sun could get to them:
The green manure ‘phacelia’ that I sowed last month is growing well:
And so too is the grass lawn I laid a couple of weeks ago. It is lovely and green, but I know this will change to ‘green with yellow patches’ as soon as I let Judy, our dog on it:
This week I have picked some really nice salads crops to have for tea. I am still picking radish, chives, spring onions, tomatoes, lettuces, beetroot and kohl rabi too:
I also scattered our mixed salads with the purple petals from chive flowers and the orange petals from a calendula flowers and they looked so pretty:
This week in the home:
This week I cooked my beetroot. The beetroot was delicious sliced, but one of the beetroots was quite big and tough so after I cooked it my daughter used it in a smoothie and she really enjoyed it:
This week I made what Mr Thrift calls an ‘English salad’. It’s what my mother would give to us when I was younger….lots of things on the table to pick what you want. I also cooked a quiche and made some homemade coleslaw using the cabbage that I dug up last week:
I thought it would be nice to make a cake and serve it on the table for tea too and my family thought the tea was really nice and made a lovely change:
My sister also kindly brought some of the plums from the large tree at my old allotment (she took on one of my old plots). These plums are the size of damsons, but they ripen slightly later and I think they are actually ‘bullaces’.
As they are small, I decided to make a jelly out of them, rather than taking all of the stones out:
This week I also made some wine. I have been meaning to have another go at wine making since I made my first batch a couple of years ago from a starter kit. I still had three cans of juice left that I used and it’s sitting bubbling in my kitchen at this moment:
Hopefully next year when I know what I am doing, I will have a go at making wine from start to finish with homegrown fruit.
I must say, it has been lovely serving my homegrown salads and vegetables this year….after I gave up my allotment I thought I would have hardly anything to pick from my garden:
Finally this week I thought I would show you my ‘car boot’ finds. I managed to find two pictures for the walls in my front room – and they are just the right colours to match our lovely charity shop three piece suite and it finishes our room off lovely (apart from the carpet that we are saving for).
We managed to buy both the pictures for just £1 and they had no marks or scratches on at all :
I also found a pair of curtains for £3. I will be taking the lining off them and using the material to cover a pair of old, dirty sunloungers that my dad gave to me. He was going to throw them away but I think they still have lots of use in them and these curtains will make them look great. I will show you when I finish covering them.
If it works I will have two lovely sunloungers for just £3 and they will be great next year in the summer:
Anyway, that’s enough for this week. Thank you for reading my blog today.
I will be back again next Friday as usual. Have a good week!