Autumns Bounties

I doubt many may still follow this haphazard gardening blog of mine, but real life is just much more fun than sitting behind a computer all day. So I make no apologies for dipping in and out of here.. But those of you who still get updates, and read, and comment.. I thank you most sincerely for your perseverance. I am grateful to you all. But I have been busy enjoying Summer, our garden, nature and growing our own veggies.

This blog post has been in the making for over a month as I promise myself to sit down, upload photos and share the progress on the plot.. But some days are just too full, of other creative things, which I hopefully will share with you in picture format.

Spring and Summer here in the UK was unusually dry as you know, and Summer one of the hottest on record for England, so, while some things thrived, others didn’t fare so well.. But that is Gardening, its swings and roundabouts.. We win some and we lose some.. Its different ever year… That is the challenge of gardening. You learn patience and you adapt.

Lots of things just didn’t like the heat despite our watering. Such as these cabbages and broccoli which bolted.

The Kidney beans this year dried up almost after flowering, then they got a second lease on life with a late flowering and fared better, many plot holders agreed their crops were not as abundant as in previous years. On the other hand our Dwarf French Beans did well… But it took lots of leg and arm work carrying water from the cistern tanks back and forth every day keeping them watered.

The Sweet corn too, while the cobs looked full, many were very dry…. The dryer ones and misshaped ones with gaps of corn, I still froze them, and I will use to make soups out of. Nothing much goes to waste.

The Apples were small, but were much better than last year, as last years which were diseased. But we used an organic spray of Bicarbonate of Baking Soda, vegetable oil and washing up liquid that we used to spray on the trees earlier in the year which seemed to have stopped the scabbing from last year.. This also is a great natural spray for White fly and other things such as mildew etc.. A video of how to make can be found Here..

Lots have been happening too on our plot as we went independent and a new committee was formed.. To raise funds our Allotment held an Autumn Fair where we had held a raffle and had some stalls of home made preserves, a bottle tombola, book stall, and veggies for sale along with a competition… This was all organised by the new committee and to say it was only a few weeks in which this was organised, and the very first of its kind as long as we have had an allotment on this site which is over 20 years, It was a great success raising over £500 to the kitty.

We also had some surprises too I had left a small row of Rainbow chard in that went to seed, as they were providing shelter for some other plants, When I at last pulled them up I saw lots of the seeds had fallen and self set in the ground.. So I left them to grow where they were.. And saved many of the rainbow chard seeds for planting next Spring. Here are the young rainbow chard growing among the weeds which I weeded out once the chard was bigger .

The Sunflowers this year perfect weather for growing them.. Here are a selection, along with some Dahlia’s.

We also had some high winds too, which rocked a piece of rickety fence which we had protecting the greenhouse. We put the fence there mainly as our path is shared by a fellow allotmenteer on his plot at the side of us, who unfortunately for the last couple of years has been too ill to do work on his plot. As the path is higher and as this gent fell a few years ago, we didn’t want anyone falling and hurting themselves on the path on slippery grass in the wet and falling into the greenhouse. My hubby found some old pieces of fence which was donated him and put a sturdier one alongside the green house.

He also replanted new raspberry bushes and intends to build a frame over them so we can hang a net to keep birds from pecking before we pick them.. We have some greedy pigeons that swoop in and do lots of damage eating crops and young shoots..

Of course Biscuit our cat is always joining us on the plot and he had to see what I was doing when I cleared out the outdoor tomatoes.

My hands have also been busy as I have crocheted throws, knitted gloves, along with cushion covers, and doilies.

Last and not least I pickled a few jars of shallot onions. Which should just be right for eating around Christmas.

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” 

– Gertrude Jekyll

Thank you for reading

Happy Gardening

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88 thoughts on “Autumns Bounties

  1. Its always nice to see you allotment and the work you are doing or harvesting. I remember it well. The memes are nice and so true. Biscuit makes me laugh as I think I told you the story about my partner being called that. Looks as you said you are being creative behind the scenes. Enjoy your harvest my friend and a hello to Bernard. ❤

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    • Thank you Joseph.. Always good to have you walk the plot with us too. 🙂 And yes Biscuit makes us laugh a lot and brings us so much joy… Many thanks Joseph.. I hope that Fall is bringing you lots of colour and hope you found lots of Pumpkins ready to calve.. 🙂 🎃🎃🎃

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  2. People will always follow this site and your other site. You are so much appreciated by so many, my friend. After over a year I have finally posted on my own. Did I mention that upon moving into the mobile I bought, that I came down with the virus? I probably did but when I am tired…more often now as I’ve still to pull up from being ill…well, I forget what I’ve said. Your sunflowers and dahlias are beautiful. Also, all that you crochet is not only wonderful to look at but useful as well. Do take good care and stay well, my friend. xoxo

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    • Dearest Renee… I did send you an email reply and I am sure I sent you well wishes I sent on the 5th of October .. I hope you received as I added a few pictures some that are here.. If not let me know my friend I will resend again..
      I trust you are feeling better now.. So many ill, what with one thing or another..
      Many thanks for your kind visit and compliments Renee.. I will look in on your blog my friend… Sending Love and well wishes and hope to hear from you soon.. ❤ ❤

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  4. Dear Sue,

    Hello! You certainly don’t have to doubt SoundEagle, who has been following ALL of your blogs, not to mention that we are both gardening enthusiasts!

    There are even more floral images in my said post entitled “🌤️🌾 A September to Remember: Greeting Post-Pandemic and Post-Elizabethan Age 👑🏰 with Sapphires, Asters, Poems and Songs 💎🌼📜🎶” as well as lovely music and poetry. For your convenience, the link is:

    https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2022/09/30/a-september-to-remember-greeting-post-pandemic-and-post-elizabethan-age-with-sapphires-asters-poems-and-songs/

    I look forward to your perusing my said post and welcome your input and feedback there, as I am certainly very keen and curious about what you will make of my said post.

    Thank you once again for showcasing your gardening prowess and your bumper harvest in the floral paradise. Well done!

    May you find the rest of October very much to your liking and highly conducive to your gardening, writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that appeal to your horticultural interest, intellectual exploration, artistic output, creative flair and spiritual vision!

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

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    • Many thanks SE…. for that lovely comment… And from one gardener to another we continually try our best in living in harmony with nature.. I hope also your own garden and flowers are thriving…
      I look forward to following your link to view more of your own wonderful blog, and graphic designs and lovely music.
      Many thanks again for your lovely comment SE… 🙂 ❤

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      • Dear Sue,

        You are welcome. Thank you for your reply. We seem to have quite a lot of good things in common, not to mention that we both enjoy gardening, writing and creating art.

        I would like to mention that in my aforementioned post, the first poem entitled “September Sapphires 💍💎” is my own. I hope that you will enjoy this quite unusual poem, as you will soon find out why it is so unusual.

        Yours sincerely,
        SoundEagle

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          • Dear Sue,

            The poem aside, my said post entitled “🌤️🌾 A September to Remember: Greeting Post-Pandemic and Post-Elizabethan Age 👑🏰 with Sapphires, Asters, Poems and Songs 💎🌼📜🎶” also mentions and features the late Queen Elizabeth II in a special way, plus my putting two of her photos in special frames, which you will be able to see there.

            A newer but related post also has interesting backgrounds as follows, insofar as I have finally had the chance to publish something much lesser known about Her Majesty in a special post entitled “Pondering Musical Lineage on the Queen’s Birthday“, available at

            🎼🎹 Pondering Musical Lineage on the Queen’s Birthday 👑🍰

            In addition, please turn on your finest speakers or headphones, as the multimedia post will be playing my music to you automatically for about three and a half minutes. In this post, I have also revealed my musical connections to both the late Queen Elizabeth II and the composer Sir Edward Elgar. I have dedicated one of my compositions to Queen Elizabeth II. You can find out which one in this said post.

            Yours sincerely,
            SoundEagle

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            • Dear Sound Eagle I have loved my visit this evening to your blog and the said post..
              I also read an excellent one on Change Rules and Moment Matters: Where by I tried several attempts to leave a long comment but your comment page appeared not to register my attempt so I will the leave the comment I left there here thankfully I copied it.

              Love the words within your selected quote..
              “A wise man will know what game to play to-day, and play it. We must not be governed by rigid rules, as by the almanac, but let the season rule us. The moods and thoughts of man are revolving just as steadily and incessantly as nature’s. Nothing must be postponed. Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. Where the good husbandman is, there is the good soil. Take any other course, and life will be a succession of regrets. Let us see vessels sailing prosperously before the wind, and not simply stranded barks. There is no world for the penitent and regretful.
              By Henry David Thoreau.
              He had so many to choose from..

              I most certainly live in the moment, and love ‘Good Soil’ 🙂 I am certain too you will have also read the book The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle another great philosopher on life.

              So very many GOOD quotes you have mentioned and also so pleased to see You have referenced my friend Donna, whose blog and now podcasts are sharing wonderful tools on how to navigate the Moment and live in our integrity and truth.

              Wonderful post that I totally nod my head with agreement in your lists of tips etc…
              Thank you for this amazing post..
              I just wish my computer screen would not jump so much when I scroll as things are still loading.. as I try to read..
              Many thanks Sound Eagle… another brilliant post..
              As I agree, with your words.
              Kind regards.
              Sue ❤

              Many thanks again for your lovely visit here SE.

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            • Dear Sue,

              How wonderful of you to visit and comment on the two posts! For some reason, you have missed visiting the post that I first mentioned here, namely, the one entitled “🌤️🌾 A September to Remember: Greeting Post-Pandemic and Post-Elizabethan Age 👑🏰 with Sapphires, Asters, Poems and Songs 💎🌼📜🎶“. I look forward to your visiting and commenting on that one too, as your comments always warm my heart and lift my spirit so much. Thank you.

              As for your experiencing commenting issue at the post entitled “🔄📈📉 Change Rules and Moment Matters: How to Stay in the Moment 🔖🕰️🔂”, that was quite inexplicable and highly unusual. As a reward and acknowledgement of your lovely comment meant for that post, I have duplicated it at

              https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2022/08/19/change-rules-and-moment-matters-how-to-stay-in-the-moment/#comment-35796

              I hope that you like what I have done there, especially giving your Gravatar a golden aura! I look forward to your replying to the duplicated comment to certify its authenticity and beauty as presented by SoundEagle so as to immortalize your special presence there.

              As you can see in the “Related Articles” section of the post, I have hyperlinked and listed seven of Donna’s blog posts so that other readers can also access her excellent posts from my post there. If you would like me to hyperlink and list one or more of your blog posts in the “Related Articles” section, please kindly provide the links when you reply to the said duplicated comment in the post entitled “🔄📈📉 Change Rules and Moment Matters: How to Stay in the Moment 🔖🕰️🔂”.

              Yours sincerely,
              SoundEagle

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            • Dear Sue,

              I love your crocheted throws, knitted gloves, cushion covers, doilies, curtain ties, and head and chair arm protectors. I love your cushion covers the most, as they seem to have the best design. I used to do a little bit of crocheting but have given up many years ago.

              Yours sincerely,
              SoundEagle

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  5. WOW. You have done so much! And I get it, the garden teaches this patience like nothing else. We win some, we lose some. I have had extraordinary luck with my greenhouse this year, having planted it almost fully a month after I should have. I have huge big boy tomatoes out there right now, some are blushing and those I bring inside to sit in the sun to ripen. And then there are some that are still green. My hope is they will get just a blush on them so that I can cut them and bring them in to ripen. As I have absolutely zero experience with greenhouses, everything is new. But it’s also fun to see all that green and feel that moist air when it is so cold and dry outside!

    All of your needlework is wonderful, as well. you, my friend, are amazing. 💓💓💓

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    • So pleased your New Greenhouse even though late starting has been such a huge success Bela.. And those Tomatoes even if green should ripen.. I had more turn red on my window sill today… Hubby brought a load up from the greenhouse he cleared out this week.. So I have enough to make some tomato soup.
      I no longer put in the oven with olive oil as in my recipe.. I cook inlarge frying pan with olive oil in quarters and some sliced courgettes, Zucchini to you.. lol.. and then bliz and sieve .. as Electric Energy here now through the roof in cost..
      So if you get a glut all together… 🙂 very tasty… I now do not add any water to the soup I just add a stock cube to the frying tomatoes, its much thicker and delicious.. than my original recipe on here.. In case you get swamped lol
      Thank you for your compliments Bela.. Have fun with your harvests…
      Much love .. ❤

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      • Oh my God, Sue, that recipe sounds divine! I am always using my vita mix or my food processor for something. Every day! Thank you thank you. I am so sorry your electric is up! Ours is so down after leaving Hawaii! 🥳 we only pay about $50 a month and that includes Chris’s bandsaw, planer, tablesaw, etc., which use a lot of electricity. The electricity here is provided by a co-op, so we all own it, and it is 100% solar. We really don’t see a reason to go privately solar for the cost. Hopefully this company will continue progressing the way that it has, it indeed is committed to it. Oh my, I’m going to try that soup really soon!! 😂 I reread it and my mouth is watering. Of course I haven’t had breakfast yet! 🤪 well, we have had a couple of hard frosts these past few mornings. And the greenhouse is still doing well. Time will tell, we will see what happens when it hits 0°F. Meanwhile, we will enjoy what we can. And thanks for the tip on putting tomatoes in the window to ripen. If they have any color on them whatsoever, that’s what I have been doing, and they are ripening well. Thanks again my friend, all my love! 💕

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  6. I always enjoy when people show
    me their gardens. It always feels so nourishing. I hope the raspberry beds stay protected. That sturdy fence looks lovely, nice work by your hubby. I’m forever enamored by dahlia. Did you have any sweet peas? That apple pie looks so amazing. The curtain ties you made are so beautiful, feels so sunny like the sunflowers 🌻. Be well my friend ! Curious about how the challots will be at Christmas time and what you will be making then as well? Are preserves and jams done at a different time of the year or was it for the new allotment board’s fundraiser? 🙂

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    • Hi Dear Ka… thank you, for your lovely comment
      Yes we had a huge wall of sweetpeas right by the new Raspberry bed which I had pulled up after they had finished flowering.. A bunch of which can be found I had picked on the chair in this Post here called Rich Pickings.
      The Curtain ties were easy to make and only took an hour each to do..
      I will be making a Dundee Cake for Christmas.. And no the pickled onions I made for family..

      Jams can be made when you have an abundance of fruit.. Or you could if so wished say make from bought fruits such as strawberries or Oranges to make Marmalade..
      I made some Blackberry Jam a few years back.. But I have since been cutting well back on any sugar products.. So I have not made any for a while..
      Loved your thoughts and questions Ka… ❤
      Much love your way ❤

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  7. I reckon Sue that the lucky ones these days are those who have opportunities to garden regularly. So many benefits from it both physical health and mental. I grab every opportunity I can to dig into the soil, plant, harvest …keeps me sane 🙂

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  8. Ahh… I see the plot has thickened, dear Sue! Lol! 😅 Btw, received your lovely mail. Thank you so much for your thoughts, love and prayers. I shall find the strength to do the necessary. Thanks for sharing all these lovely pictures. The apple pie looks yummy. And the sunflowers and dahlias are so beautiful! I got a glimpse of Biscuit there. Oh, you’re kniterally the best. Love all the knit stuff you made. Much love and hugs to you, my dear friend ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🌈🌈🌈

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  9. Dearest Sue, it is a delight to share your creativity and abundance whenever you can. I love your sunflowers and dahlias and that apple pie! You have been so busy, both of you, and grown produce despite the heat this year. Your new raspberry bed is a credit to you both. I love how Biscuit shows support. Your crocheting is beautiful and there’s love in every stitch and on every seat. How homely it all looks. All love, my lovely friend, all love. Much love to you and B, always, from us both. ❤ xxXxx ❤

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  10. I loved your journey through your allotment Sue! Sorry to see the broccoli and cabbage struggled, but like you said – the dryer weather was good for other things. Hopefully next year we’ll have more moderate weather – maybe a bit less carrying water jugs! Your apple pie looks amazing and I bet it tasted wonderful! The apple trees here were full of apples this year.

    Nice to see the people coming together in your allotment. Who knows, the connections you made that day may really come in handy in the future! Always nice when like-minded connect!

    You definitely have been really busy too – with all that creative crocheting you’re making! You will certainly be warm this winter!! It’s all lovely and colorful – I love it! Your talent knows no bounds. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations! Much love, Donna

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    • Thank you Donna… Swings and Roundabouts in any growing season is to be expected. This year was a challenge in keeping things watered and not scorched for sure. So everything matured at once and bolted..

      The allotment association’s new committee, yes, lots of people now interested in growing their own food.. And a new enthusiasm has crept into the gardening world.. As younger people especially are now taking to gardening..
      Its all good.. as we have several new plot holders not far from us who are often asking advice of hubby too.. And we swop seedlings and produce..
      We have a lovely family with a plot not far away who shared some of their giant tomatoes with us..
      There is a lot of potential in expanding to set up stalls of excess produce to be made available to the public… I am sure the committee has lots of new ideas in store..
      And thank you, yes my hands are never idle lol.. And the throws will come in very useful this winter for sure Donna…
      Much love your way and thank you my friend ❤

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  11. Wonderful, It filled me with so much love, witnessing through this blog the beauty and abundance of life through nature. You are both so inspiring, and this love of nature and Great food reaches within me and calls forth an ancient voice of community and sharing and love. Thanks Sue and Bernard xx

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    • Thank you Kindly Dawn.. I feel its the way many will be channelling their energies in growing good food which is free from pesticides and contaminants .. Nearly all I speak too are growing organically like we do.. I feel too as we see inflation hit new heights this too will help the farm shops and encourage people to start a garden, even if in a few tubs, you can grow so many things.. Even those in flats if they have a balcony can grow things, or herbs on a window sill or micro greens..
      I feel we all need to get back in touch with Mother Nature and her natural ways..
      So happy this post inspired that Ancient voice of community… It is what we are all going to be called back to I feel..
      Thank you and Much love your way Dawn.. ❤

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  12. I didn’t get this post Sue, wordpress is seriously wobbling. I’ve re-followed to see if that improves its temper 😀 I shall comment properly later, but the post and your path to ‘create’ looks good enough to eat 🤣❤️🙏🏽

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    • Right, I’m back dear lady to see the beauty of that delightful, grounding garden that I enjoy seeing in your pictures. The weather has indeed been strange, you get dry and a week ago down here Victoria had 300mm in 48 hours. Floods everywhere and still coming down to flood communities all along the river systems. As I mentioned elsewhere, its probably mother nature balancing out a 15 year drought that finally finished a few years back. I’ll send some over 🤣
      Anyway, you are doing brilliantly. And I loved that picture of the meals on the table made up to look like animals, it was great. It matters not when you say hello Sue, it is always a pleasure to see the enjoyment you guys get from just touching something that brings a smile in all your effort. Sometimes as you said it is a hit and miss, but it creates much patience…and enjoyment when it all comes together.
      Thank you for sharing that happiness, sometimes others can share in it too by just seeing it in you guys 😀❤️🙏🏽

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      • Thank you dear Mark for your revisit to comment fully my friend I really appreciate you doing so.
        I saw those terrible floods and so, so, much rainfall all at once… Nature is very often put out of balance by the hand of science, and mankind often has to bare the brunt of these extremes.. It is often a mystery how places get so much rain while other places are in drought.. I guess it is a little like Mankind in general.. For we often see nature reflecting back at us our own imbalance of Greed/Too much… and Poverty/not enough.. Rarely do we see the perfect balance of Abundance for all..
        So my heart is with all of those affected by these floods.. and droughts..
        Yes the competition plates had cool names like Prickly Pears, and others I forget .. Great fun was had that day by all.
        And it is good to see community pulling together this way..
        Many thanks Mark for your lovely comment, and compliments, I really appreciate you returning too..
        Wishing you a wonderful October… and much love your way 🙂 🙏✨💚

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        • We’ll get there dear lady, each shovelful is one less for our journey. And the get together is one of those community things that nothing else shares quite like it, it allows ‘contact’ where all else is in some electronic gadget 🤣. Take care dear lady and keep on enjoying that beautiful earth. Much love to you and hubby…and pussycat 🤣❤️🙏🏽

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    • Dear Mark, I so thank you for your return comment too, which I am working my way to answering.. WP has been playing its tricks with Amy this evening too and she has tried several times to comment.. But finally WP allowed it Lol. And thank you… for the compliments dear Mark… Sending many thanks and well wishes my friend ❤

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  13. Well, my friend, I certainly understand about life getting in the way of our plans. We didn’t even do a garden this year. Just too much to do in preparation of our trip and selling the house. The garden will lay fallow until some new family can embrace it with the love we gave it.

    Sounds like you have a good gardening year, despite the weather. Our berries and grapes exploded this year. We had so many we finally threw up our hands and told the neighbors to come over and pick the excess, which they happily did.

    I hope this finds you well. Hugs from Olympia. Our rains finally return this coming weekend, after the driest summer and fall in history here.

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    • Glad your neighbours appreciated your harvest of abundance in berries and grapes Bill.. Thank you my friend.. I am sure your garden will thrive once more in good hands that want to work the earth. I am at least pleased your rains returned and you got some much needed rainfall..
      This indeed finds me well.. and the same well wishes is sent your way Bill to you and both in your preparations for your great Adventure..
      Much love and enjoy your Autumn… ❤ ❤

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  14. Beautiful garden inspiring peace and prosperity.
    About the apples we have almost the same ones (called “grey queens”). Like you, Sue, Janine makes apple pies. She also makes compote which she puts in the freezer.
    Despite the drought you had a good harvest. You and your husband had been rewarded for your work. We had a harvest for what was sown or planted early in the spring: potatoes, onions, shallots, cabbage. But all of our beans were roasted. Right now we are harvesting red beets and turnips (not big)
    I admired your tomato plant. Isn’t it beautiful?
    The fall fair is a good idea. It is generous and supportive. I noticed that there is a solidarity between the allotment gardeners. My daughter who lives in England was able to see this in the allotment that she cultivates successfully. (She also has beehives and harvests honey).
    Compliments for crocheting and knitting. It’s an art work, Sue. In 2001 when I went to see a friend in Toronto, Canada, his daughter wanted to teach me how to crochet. Wasted effort ! I was incapable!
    Thank you for this good time spent in your garden and all my compliments.
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    • I thank you Michel.. I remember the dwarf beans which you showed us that got dried in the sun and drought to a crisp… And I am pleased that your apples were also good and similar.. Yes I too make compote with apples and freeze… 🙂 Your daughter sounds to have taken a chip off the block from her Dad in her gardening skills… Oh to have a Bee hive, One of the members on the plot keeps Bees..
      We certainly need our Bee population to pollinate the crops .

      Thank YOU Michel for for the beautiful comment and compliments.. I am pleased some of your own crops have survived even if on the smaller size.. Our Own turnips are very small also as is our beetroot.
      Wishing you well Michel… Much love your way 🙂 ❤

      Je te remercie Michel.. Je me souviens des haricots nains que tu nous montrais qui se desséchaient au soleil et à la sécheresse jusqu'à ce qu'ils soient croustillants… Et je suis content que tes pommes étaient aussi bonnes et ressemblantes.. Oui moi aussi je fais de la compote avec des pommes et geler… 🙂 Votre fille semble avoir pris une puce sur le bloc de son père dans ses compétences de jardinage… Oh pour avoir une ruche d'abeilles, un des membres de la parcelle garde des abeilles…
      Nous avons certainement besoin de notre population d'abeilles pour polliniser les cultures.

      Merci Michel pour le beau commentaire et les compliments. Je suis heureux que certaines de vos propres cultures aient survécu, même si elles sont de plus petite taille. Nos propres navets sont très petits aussi, tout comme notre betterave.
      En vous souhaitant bien Michel… Beaucoup d'amour à votre façon 🙂 ❤

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  15. How you do everything you do, Sue, always and I mean always amazes me. Gardening is a continuing learning lesson as each season differs from the last. Do your Dahlias live or do they die back during the Winter? Dahlias here must be planted every Spring and are considered an annual. And they do not get as big as what I saw from our pictures. Unless of course, there are different species and I’m ignorant of that fact. Dahlias are new to my garden so I’m just learning about them

    You and your husband are inspirations to all of us, showing us how to live life itself. Your hands are never still and I’m sure that even while you sleep you manage to create something with your hands. SMILE! You know I crochet but nothing in comparison to you. My hands and then shoulder start to bother me and then I have to put my crocheting down. Then life comes along and something else needs doing or I am chasing after colors or something until I realize oh wow I haven’t crochet in a while.

    How fortunate you are as well to have a husband who loves to garden. I would love to share my passion with my husband but he doesn’t like gardening. Truth be told, I don’t think he likes kneeling. Don’t tell him I said anything. LOL

    I take my hat off to you! Amazing Wonder Woman! That is who you are !!! I do love and admire you immensely!!! (((HUGS)))!!! xoxoxo

    PS Beautifully well put together post. Thank you for sharing you with us!!

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    • Thank you Amy for your fabulous comment and question upon Dahlia’s… In certain part of the UK further down South where it can be a little warmer in winter its possible to leave them in the ground.. However… a severe winter or frost can kill the tubas if not protected..
      The first frost will usually kill the flowers and they will turn brown.. You wait till they have died back and lift them and you can store in a frost free place,

      Now the other year we were so busy we didn’t lift them but we covered the stalks of the cutback died down stems of the Dahlia’s with a little more earth and then we put a fleece garden cover over them that was held down to stop blowing away and that seemed to have protected them… But it was also a mild winter here..
      This winter I feel it may well be harsher.. So as yet I don’t know what we are doing with the Dahlias… But given your own harsh winters… If you do grow them the tubas can be saved if stored in a place frost free and dry… over winter to replant again the following spring.

      I found a post explaining the whole process of storing the tubas Amy..
      https://dreamwalkergarden.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/storing-the-dahlia-tubas-for-winter/

      I thank you again for your lovely comment and I know from the effort you put into your own gardens how much work it takes.. and yes it is hard on the knees… and back… 🙂
      Many thanks for your compliments on my crafts..

      Wonder Woman I am not… but it is nice to create Wonder-ful things.. 🙂 ❤
      Much love dear Amy.. ❤ ❤

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  16. You have put in a lot of work this last summer. I miss gardening so much and you and hubby seem to know how to go with what’s happening in the garden with ease. Ebb and flow is natures way of balancing. Loved all the crochet you finished! Very impressive. I just brought in the lavender and rosemary I had in pots. We are having wind, rain and snow mixed this weekend. Let’s hope they make it through the winter inside. Hugs.

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