Monday 12 July 2010
Early on Wednesday morning Gordon and I are off to Spain to stay with friends like we did last year. Typical! Gordon took his first holiday in twenty years last year and already he wants another one – he must be getting old (aren’t we all?). This will be my second absence of the year as I went to New York in May, but not my last as I’m off to Portugal in September (like I did last year).
The garden has perversely decided this week to grow everything and have it ready NOW. Of course by the time we get back it’ll either be gone to seed, eaten by caterpillars or grown to enormous proportions, especially the courgettes which are a fairly impressive vegetable to grow it has to be said. Last year they were gigantic and they look like going the same way again, so there’ll be more courgette chutney-making when we get back. After all the sniggering and sly comments last year about how we’d never eat that much courgette chutney we have a few precious jars left and we’re saving them for a special occasion. In total I made about fifty pounds of the stuff, but it was delicious and became far more than an accompaniment to a meal and more like another vegetable. I did explain to Gordon that chutney doesn’t count as one of his five-a-day, but he’s delighted at the prospect of more.
If I don’t have a chance to write again before I leave (I have yet to pack and you know how traumatic that can be, especially for me), I’ll be back after the 22nd.