Another post without a photo. Sorry! I know blogs look so much more interesting with a bit of colour. I was going to get a photo of my pretty salads at dinner tonight but MacAddict had the camera and we’d started eating by the time he brought it upstairs.
We spent a lovely few hours on the beach this afternoon with friends. It was so hot that we all went swimming in the lake as soon as we arrived. Just dumped all the paraphernalia (don’t you just love that word) and cooled off. Then spread out the quilt and toasted myself for a while and the kids played.
After we returned home, I cut a few lettuces for dinner. They’re only small (the variety is Little Gem) so we can easily eat four for one meal, especially as we currently have a bottle of Little Creek dressing which the kids love (it’s expensive but if it means they’ll get some green stuff in them then it’s worth buying now and again).
While I was out there, communing with nature, I checked the brussels sprouts. From my kitchen window, I often see pretty white butterflies fluttering around my vegetables – they might be pretty, but they’re laying eggs on my brussels leaves! Aha, a photo, thanks to that site I just linked to…
I have been brushing tiny eggs off the leaves and picking green caterpillars of varying sizes off as well. I hate to kill them but I really want to keep my plants healthy.
I picked a few sprigs of parsley and mint and made a tomato/garlic/parsley salad and a cucumber/mint one, both dressed with a little olive oil, lime juice and Himalayan salt. They were very good.
And I almost forgot….we have both red and gold raspberries, and the red ones in particular are doing well this year. I picked about a pound of them yesterday.
I really appreciate my garden at this time of year.