Monday, 23 July 2018

Harvest and dog pooh.

I hazard a guess that nobody will come up with a better headline than that today!

First of all the dog pooh issue.   I was so heartened by this story I must tell you.   On the whole folk on our estate are very good at using pooh bags.   There are an awful lot of dogs - and dogs have helped me greatly in getting to know people.   The dogs stop to say 'hello' and the owners likewise. 
Yes there is the occasional person who ignores the rules but not many.

Yesterday evening I was wandering round the usual walk on the estate, thinking about goodness knows what, when Tess stopped to do what she 
had to do.  After a moment I realised and stopped too.  She was on a steep, grassy slope.   As usual I told her to sit while I cleaned it up - she is very good at this.   I couldn't find it.   I searched and searched.   Suddenly a voice from the footpath asked if I was alright.   Yes, I replied but I just couldn't find the pooh to clean it into my pooh bag.   At which point the  young lady (who had an enormous Labrador with her) came down the bank,  found it immediately, took the pooh bag off me and said she would put it in the bin.   I thanked her and as she walked off she called back 'you wouldn't lose it if you had a Labrador!'

That's another friend I have made!!

Now to the harvest.  Courgettes and Patty Pans are coming thick and fast.   Four of each this morning. I took some round to my neighbour H and some I grated raw on to my rice salad at lunch time - it was very good.   Lot of watering involved with gro bags but certainly a good crop so far.   Runner beans - two plants and also in gro-bags - are fully in flower now so hopefully some of those too before long.   A nice sharp heavy shower this morning means I don't need to water anything today thank goodness.

30 comments:

Gwil W said...

A relative of mine always carries a copy of the free newspapers that one finds everywhere these days and when her dog is preparing to squat to 'do his business' she swiftly places a couple of sheets on the relevant spot on the ground and simply waits for the brown stuff to land. She then crumples up the paper contents and says: 'Good boy, Ben:" before dropping it in the next convenient receptacle.

donna baker said...

I never had to pick up after the dogs at the farm, but with a small back lawn now, I have to. It is unsightly and I think the mowers wouldn't like it. I gag every time and wonder how two little weenies can go to the bathroom so much. My little raised beds are just about gone except for peppers.

Frugal in Essex said...

I long to see rain. It's so hot today and the forecast remains the same for the next 10 days!

angryparsnip said...

Best headline ever !

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

Your new friend is right about a labrador, we had one years ago and his was very easy to find! I fully sympathise with you over the weather - it is all getting a bit too much and we haven't had any rain at all down here apart from a very small amount of drizzle a week ago. Most days we see promising looking clouds but they just move on. I have been told it will get even hotter and am dreading it. The only way I can cope is to stay indoors but that is soon going to wear a bit thin and I am missing my daily walk.
Your harvest looks lovely and the runner beans will be the best in the country. From plot to pot in a few minutes, what could be better?

Cro Magnon said...

Yesterday I was given two quite large white Patty Pans by my neighbour. The last time I had them, I think I stuffed them, and wasn't too impressed. Any ideas?

Ivy said...

You made me laugh, such a lovely story. And the lady was right!

Derek Faulkner said...

Fortunately I have never had to take my dogs round public places.

Presumably you have seen this week's forecast for us in the south, 5 days of temps over 30 degrees, while you guys get the odd nice shower at regular intervals.

A tip, spray the runner beans flowers with water regularly to get a good set of beans.

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Sue in Suffolk said...

Still no sign of rain here in Mid Suffolk and by golly it's warm even the wind is hot

justjill said...

25 degrees here. Cant comment on dog poo as we have a cat and he buries it. We know where that is and avoid it!

Mary said...

Our neighbors have a chihuahua and a black lab - amazing the difference in the amount of poo! Thankfully they are very good about daily cleanup - but now and again Ms. lab who is very old - leaves a 'present' on our lawn (Bob has a fit)!

Pat, this sounds like a John Gray (bless his big heart) post today, especially with that title, haha!

The harvest from the gro-bags looks awesome!

Sarah said...

Oh for a sharp shower here, Dorset is so dry, farmers harvesting but I fear low yield, and more heat to come.

Rachel Phillips said...

32C here. No rain recorded in my diary since first week of June. Warm wind, feels like the South of France. I am in Norfolk, the beautiful eastern edge of Great Britain. Lovely.

Bea said...

Your bounty looks good! The yellow ones we call 'summer squash' over here. The heat has avoided us. It's about 15C here.

Librarian said...

Which one did you grate raw, the zucchini or the pumpkin? I didn' know you can eat either vegetable raw, I have only ever had them cooked or fried.

Anonymous said...

When did poo become pooh? Poor old Winnie-the-Pooh!

Midmarsh John said...

The weather has been a tad overwhelming for me here. Just under 28C yesterday, just under 29C today. At 8p.m. it is still 24C. Thank goodness for my air conditioning which gives a gently cooling breeze. I even left it on its lowest setting overnight.
You have been fortunate with your occasional shower. I think we have had a total of 15 minutes of drizzle in the past fortnight.
I'm growing dwarf French beans and they have been cropping well for about a week now.

Barbara said...

Both the title and the story made me laugh out loud! (and believe me, I really needed the laugh. So, THANK YOU!
Your harvest looks delicious! I truly envy you the rain.

Chris said...

I never knew what "patty pans" were but, thanks to your photo, now I do!

Bonnie said...

I love this post! And your new friend is correct - if you had a Labrador you wouldn't have trouble finding it!

You will not believe this story about what one of the wealthier suburbs (definitely not mine!) around here is doing about the dog poo problem. If you live in that neighborhood you have to register your dog and have a DNA test done. Then anytime poo is found not picked up they do a DNA test and charge the owner of the dog a fee! Now I agree it should be picked up - but a DNA test!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

You have very nice people in your neighborhood. I've never tried growing bags before, but I will next year after reading your posts. I love patty pan squash, but the last ones I bought at the farmstand tasted like bitter cucumbers and I had to throw them away, so I would really like to grow my own.




thelma said...

Poo picking is a daily grind ;) Your harvesting looks good, we have just had some tomatoes from someone's garden who is now in a care home, and there is a feeling of sadness, on the part of the person who picked them, and mine, that Peter will no longer take his increasingly slow walks down the church path and will not return to the village.

liparifam said...

Bonnie, they do the DNA testing at my friend's apartment complex here in Atlanta, too! And the fine is huge - something like $200. Pattypan squash - wow; my mother would slice it thinly, batter and fry it. I haven't had any in 40 years! It is not routinely seen in the chain grocery stores here, but I will look for some at the farmer's market...

Rachel Phillips said...

Why isn't it called dog mess like it always used to be? This horrid word poo seems has crept into our language.

Rachel Phillips said...

Same for humans. Do people really go to the doctors and talk about bowel movements as poo?

Derek Faulkner said...

Where I live it's plane and simple dog shite

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh how times have changed. My father always used to say - horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow!

Thanks for the comments. poo, mess, shite - I think the doctor will hear all three and at least he will always know what we mean.

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liparifam said...

Weaver - growing up in the "genteel" South, we were not allowed to say many "unladylike" words like sweat (you perspired) and pregnant (a woman was "expecting"), we could not say "stupid" or "fat", and would NEVER have used words like "stinks" or "fart". No slang words were used for body parts (like boobs or butt), and bodily functions weren't spoken of outside of the doctor's office. Having said all that, these days, here in the US, most people call it dog "poop", haha!