June has been a mixed bag of a month for us. We’ve had our post wedding come-down, welcomed a baby girl into the family (not ours!), I’ve spent the last three weeks waiting for my cycling accident injuries to heal and then the EU referendum results came in. Sigh. So I have been trying to focus on the small gems to lift my spirits.
Lots and lots of strawberries from our allotment. 9kg to be exact – such a high amount because a quarter of our plot is fruit. Last week we hit a peak! We had more fruit than we can actually eat so I’ve been getting creative with preserving them — there’s only so much jam you can stomach in a year.
Favourite strawberry recipes:
- Rhubarb and strawberry cordial. Above — isn’t the colour amazing?
- Strawberry cordial
- Strawberry sorbet. This was much easier to make than I thought it would be and the video I found on YouTube is one of the few recipes that doesn’t require an ice-cream maker.
And some non strawberry related eats:
- Chocolate courgette cake. Topped with a thin layer of chocolate buttercream frosting instead of ganache.
- Pad thai salad. Scott’s Mum actually made this but it was absolutely delicious so I’ve included a link for you.
- Thai sweetcorn fritters with coconut rice and pak choi.
- Nice meals from the Riverford recipe box we tried.
Orange is the New Black series 4. Can’t get enough of it. It’s definitely darker than previous series but still has an element of comedy.
We’ve had early rewards for our hard work at the allotment. Two weeks ago we harvested our garlic; over a month earlier than last year (mid July). We have strawberries coming out of our ears and a plentiful supply of chard from just a few plants. The warm, wet weather has done wonders for our plants but it has also encouraged slugs. This cartoon sums up the situation perfectly!
At home I’ve picked the first of the sweet peas grown from saved seed. We have fewer flowers this year because I’m growing them in pots so I’ve been padding them out with other plants like feverfew.
Happy to welcome our little niece Juniper into the world :) I have about ten years worth of Summer holiday activities in my mind already!
Disappointed with the EU Referendum result. I voted IN. Saying that, I respect anyones informed decision to vote OUT; we’re all entitled to our vote. But I am disgusted by the racism and xenophobia that is surfacing. I hope people watching this on TV in other countries don’t assume this behaviour is typical of the 51.9% that voted to leave, because it’s not.
At the beginning of the month I started experimenting with cyanotypes — creating blueprint style images with light sensitive ink. It’s a lovely process. I was so pleased with the final prints I turned them into a set of cyanotype Photoshop brushes. I’ll write more about the process at some point.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain at night that have come with the warmer weather. I love a good storm. We laid awake one night and watched the storms roll in on Lightning Maps. It’s really accurate and you can see the second the thunder will hit.
Looking forward to July!