Well that was a lovely weekend wasn't it? The first genuinely warm one of the year in fact. Yay!
We had M's son and his girlfriend up for a couple of days so we took advantage of the good weather and spent a large chunk of Saturday visiting Prinknash Bird Park. Located just outside Gloucester it's only about a 5 minute drive from our house yet as often seems to be the way with things on your doorstep, we'd not visited in years. There's a wonderful selection of birds, ducks and geese all happily roaming around a beautifully kept park. There's even some beautiful tame deer you can feed which pretty much made my day.
After a night that involved a fair quantity of homemade liqueurs Sunday dawned warm and sunny. While the youngsters recovered I managed to grab a few hours in the greenhouse while M prepared a huge roast dinner that included our first ever home grown leeks picked fresh from the allotment and one of last year’s winter squash which had developed a really lovely deep nutty flavour after a winter spent in the spare bedroom.
In the greenhouse I managed to get a load of salad leaves, spring onions, lettuce and radish sown as well as a few brassicas before I was called back into the house to aid in the final stage of cooking.
It was good to get some proper sowing done at last and with the first of this year’s leek seedlings showing their heads in the propagator upstairs it was an all-round good day.
All being well I'll get some more seeds sown over the next few evenings and then be able, weather permitting, to give the allotment a few hours’ work at the weekend. I probably shouldn't say it, but things are looking unusually in control this year so far...