On the back of a lorry from the firm in our little market town who hire out machinery and equipment. The back vegetable garden had become so hard during the Winter that the farmer just could not dig it properly. It had all been well-'mucked' but apart from the onions, nothing else had been put in.
The rotovator arrived at lunchtime and by the middle of the afternoon, when I took this photograph, the whole garden had been gone over once. Then the farmer did it again, working the opposite way, and now there are also three rows of peas already planted. What an easy way to get the garden dug - I trust he will always do it this way in the future - it is certainly less back-breaking.
Friend W and I went to the monthly coffee morning and had lots of nice chats as usual. After lunch Tess and I walked round the fields, looking for what the farmer saw yesterday when he walked round.....a female roe deer! He thought she was probably looking for somewhere to drop her calf as they tend to calve around the beginning of May and like to be in a quiet, private place. Last year she calved in the field which we have bought this year - the field had been neglected for some years and was in a sorry state - just what she would like. But, of course, it is now well-looked-after and sadly not at all suitable for her purposes. I do hope she found somewhere.
Friends tomorrow. I have already made the rhubarb crumble - smelled so good when I took it out of the oven that I was severely tempted to have a taste. As recommended by Nigella, I added the grated zest and the juice of an orange, so I will report on the taste tomorrow. Now, in the morning, all I have to do is make some Cream of Watercress soup - an easy job - and make a variety of salads to go with the cold meats and pate. All ready and no hard work.
The weather has been fine and sunny until the middle of the afternoon, when it clouded over, but stayed dry. So the first day of the Annual Food Festival in our little Market town has gone well - I am sure it will have been a great success.
Have a great week end.