Sunday, 21 August 2022

Sunday

 Friends have just called - T and S with a lovely tub of wild blackberries - they have plenty of apples so next time they are passing they are going to call in with a couple of cooking apples.   I already have a couple of jars of their honey so that sees me set up for delicious puds this week.    They are such good friends.

Just one week to go before there is a hose pipe ban here and we will not be able to water our tubs outside with the hosepipe.   Then I think I shall have to a sk my gardener to empty all but two of my tubs and move those two on to the front door step for a few weeks.   Sad to face up to I know but there comes a time to face up to the fact that Winter watering has to stop.

Next week-end will be the Wensleydale Show which takes place at the bottom of my garden - just over my dry stone wall is the Car Park and beyond that the Show Field.   There there will be tents (they are going up as I write) with  Shows for flowers, Cakes, Handicrafts - all manner of things - all kinds of garden produce.   People take it all very seriously up here.   In the middle the Show Ring and at the far end tents and enclosures for cattle and sheep and heavy horses.   It  was one of the highlights of my dear farmer's farming year and when I was a bit more mobile I used to enjoy going with him and going into our Feed Merchant's tent for 'goodies' - always the same - a little pork pie, two sandwiches and a fairycake.   And lots of good old Yorkshire tea of course.

That's it for today.    Back tomorrow friends.  ' Til then.....


18 comments:

the veg artist said...

We have a hosepipe ban here, so once the 3 water butts are empty I will be carrying water from the house. Greenhouse and pots are just about manageable, but I've given up on the veg garden - very poor results this year. Of course, now, it's raining regularly again!

Derek Faulkner said...

That sounds a bit dramatic Pat. re the tubs, I wouldn't be losing my tubs, I'd be watering them, even if it did mean ten minutes with a hosepipe, you need to look at all the various people that are still allowed to use massive amounts of hosepipe water and realise that your little amount is realisticly nothing.

Barbara Anne said...

I'd suggest letting your carer take water from the sink (what runs out as the water is getting hot or cold) and put that on your pots of flowers.
Might you take Silver to the Wensleydale Show since it's so close to your home?
How nice of your friends to bring you blackberries and apples!
I'm sewing and it's raining here.

Hugs!

Rachel Phillips said...

I'd get your son to bike up and water them for you every day. 1 mile. Exercise for him, watering for you, win win.

Derek Faulkner said...

A good idea Rachel.

Heather said...

Blackberries and apples - a perfect pairing. There used to be quite a few local country shows when I was growing up, and I loved going to them. Sadly they have declined apart from the really big ones which have become very commercial. Everywhere is looking very dry here and the rainfall is hit and miss. My thoughts are with growers and farmers. They must be very worried.

John Going Gently said...

Glad to see you are brighter today x

Anonymous said...

At the Royal Show here, the Country Womens Association has a small venue where once you could sit and have their freshly baked scones and cream and a pot of brewed tea. They have given in to a quick and easy option now, and use the CWA packet mix, which they also sell on the premises. Not half as nice. Probably a smaller volunteer base has something to do with the packet option and disappointing squishy tea bag.- Pam, Aust.

Susan said...

I'm being careful with my water as well. I fill two water bottles and pour the water into my 2 pots next to the front door. This is the North side of my house and it is shaded. That said, both pots need a little drink.

Joanne Noragon said...

I have pots to water, too. Fortunately I have a well!

Cro Magnon said...

No Blackberries here this year (too dry), but plenty of Bramleys. Normally we would be having our first B & A Crumble, but alas...

angryparsnip said...

You have such lovely friends.
Living in the desert I have always been careful with water but I see so many people who waste just let it run and not pay attention. Plus now we are losing 25% of the Colorado River water.

Librarian said...

Water is precious, and we all need to treat it as such and stop wasting it. Having said that, watering one's garden is not a waste - in effect, the water goes back into the circle where it belongs. I like Rachel's suggestion, too.
Blackberries, apples, honey - delightful!
Maybe you can still have a stroll at the show?

Frances said...

Derek obviously doesn't know that you could be fined £1000 if you use a hose when there is a ban !!

Derek Faulkner said...

I'm fully aware of that fact, making your assumption incorrect, however we don't have a hose pipe ban where I live, but if we did, I would still use one for small jobs such as watering pots and tubs. I get really peed off with these bans when so many exceptions are made, such as, you can use a hose to fill a hot tub in the garden but can't use one to water vegetables that you're growing - which is the most necessary?

Mary said...

Fortunately we are now getting late summer storms in the afternoon so things are greening up again despite still being very hot.
Hope it stays good there for the upcoming show days - they sound like such fun and I'm hoping perhaps you could visit for a while as I know you'd enjoy it dear Pat.

Ellen D. said...

I was wondering if you could use your motorized cart for a short visit to the country show.
Maybe you will get enough rain to keep your pots then you won't have to care about a hose ban.
Glad your friends could pop by. Thanks for posting, Pat!

Anonymous said...

We've been having lots of rain, usually with a thunderstorm, so I wish we could share. When we do have summer droughts using dishwater and catching shower runoff has allowed us to keep some things irrigated. BUT its a lot of effort to haul pails and jugs of water around!

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