Sorry I was missing yesterday – it was such a hectic day at work, and I’m so busy trying to sort everything out for my vacation. I can’t believe I’m jetting off to Bangkok in two days time!! But more about that later. In the meantime, I know what you’ve all been waiting for me to talk about – potato digging!
My aunt and cousin live in an amazing old farmhouse by the beach. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and the kind of place I’d love to live in (when I’m a bit richer!):
They’ve got a massive garden, complete with a greenhouse, berry bushes and potato patches. It’s weird, my aunt assures me they’ve been growing their own vegetables for years, but I’ve never realised. Or maybe I was just never interested before? This time, when she told me about all the home-grown produce (some of which we’d be having for dinner) I was ridiculously, giddily excited and insisted I be part of the process!
Enter potato digging:
This was a good workout, let me tell you! The potatoes are quite far under the soil, so I had to dig around for a while to find them.
Once we had enough potatoes, I passed them onto my aunt for cooking and made me way to their berry bushes. Now you may have noticed I’m slightly obsessed with berries, so I was in complete heaven. They had blackberries and tayberries (which apparently is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry). I had great fun picking as many ripe ones as I could find…and sampling them as I went!
I had A LOT of these over the course of the weekend – they were great with my cereal on Sunday morning. And I made sure I picked some more just before we left to go home, so I have some sitting in my fridge at the moment. Any bets as to how long they’ll last?!
When my aunt saw how excited I was about all the fruit and veg, she suggested to go to a local ‘pick your own’ farm on Sunday morning. Guess what my reaction was?!
My sister, my cousin and I had great fun picking everything on offer.
There were broad beans…
We took all this home with us. With both me and my sister at home at the moment, the raspberry stash has become severly depleted in just a day! We’ve still got all the rhubard and broad beans though, any ideas as to what to do with either?
I can’t believe I’ve missed out on all this for so many years. Over the weekend, we also sampled home-grown cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce from my aunt’s garden. I don’t know if it’s just because I knew it was out of their garden, but all the food tasted so much better than shop-bought stuff. As soon as I have my own garden I’m starting a vegetable patch! (Is it slightly sad that I’m 22 years old and I’m this obsessed with fruit and vegetables? Still, I know you guys will understand!)
In other news…Like I said, I’m off to Thailand in a couple of days, and I still have a million and one things to do. Including having my hair done, shopping, packing, getting money and finding somewhere to stay – quite an important thing don’t you think?! I also want to spend some time with my sister, because she’s off to Africa the day I get back to Thailand. She’s there for 10 weeks, so I basically won’t see her all summer.
I’ll still be blogging over the next few days though, so don’t go anywhere!
Have you ever picked your own fruit or veg? If you have a garden, do you grow any of your own produce? Or do you just go to Farmers’ Markets a lot?