As a Shamanic Wiccan who loves to create foods and pickles from the garden, I feel that both Thor and Diana have been kind to me so far this year. Thor has stopped by often enough to clear the humid air so that an asthmatic can breathe, and Diana has sent Spiders to care for the plants and crops in our garden. We even have wheat growing from dropped bird seed and we are very happy about that – food for the birds in the cooler months is never a bad thing.
Spiders have also infiltrated the house, but I am finally okay enough with them to pick them up and return them to nature.
I’m sure that the title of this post says it all; here at Tribble Towers we have been busy! The pickling season is well under way and I’ve even made my first home grown pickled cabbage!
Not only am I having my first successful year with brassicas, but we have been seeing a lot of new avian life!
Including this one:
Our garden Robin has been missing for months, and we had been wondering what had happened to him. Well, now we know! D looked out of the kitchen window last week, saw this handsome young chap and decided to take a photograph. I’ve had summer flu and couldn’t get downstairs that day, and so he was very proud to have captured this for me!
This is an adolescent European Robin. Mister Robin Red Breast. In this photograph you can see that the throat is beginning to turn red, and eventually his breast will too. We are hoping that he has viewed this territory and liked it enough to stick around – we’re already talking about the appropriate foods for him that we’ll need to buy – and I’m fairly certain that he can evade the Sparrowhawk that visits occasionally!
With any luck we shall be harvesting Nasturtium pods to make into Capers next month, and I still have two nice red cabbages to harvest.
As much as I dislike the summer heat, I am grateful for the harvest that it brings me. Tomorrow I have yet more courgettes to pick, ready to be turned into a beautiful sweet chilli pickle.
Epilepsy be damned: I know my limits and will continue to enjoy life!