Back to the plot

But enough of far-flung lands, what about our small patch of earth? Here’s how the allotment looked right before we left for the summer holidays:

29th July 2012

Despite the cold and wet weather, the allotment was beginning to hit its stride by the first of August. Besides harvesting and eating new potatoes, herbs, salad greens, the last of the broad beans, and the very first baby courgette or two, we were savoring some non-edible treats:

The fragrance of sweet peas wafts through the house. We were cutting armloads at a time.

Definitely more edible was this violet-hued confection:

Homemade blackcurrant ripple ice cream

When we returned home after three weeks away, we set out eagerly to see how everything had fared in our absence.

Vervactor surveys the scene at the end of August. The tassels of corn and the beans climbing their poles look promising …

Now, back to work.

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One last dash to the sea

Returned from the US, but loathe to leave summer behind, we capped off the school holidays with a brief, three-day excursion down to the Dorset coast.

Heading out

Swanage offers stunning ocean views, exhilarating walks, and fresh seafood. But also Punch and Judy shows and a steam train that takes you to the impressive ruins of Corfe Castle. So seaside English-style. It’s a place we’ve been meaning to get to for some time since moving to the UK, as it holds many happy childhood memories for Nick who loved visiting his grandparents there.

Above Swanage

We walked over Ballard Down to Old Harry Rocks – columns of white limestone that the sea has sculpted from the headlands – and from there to Studland and our last “beach day” of the season.

Pathways

Full tilt to Old Harry

Happy hikers

Studland Bay

Last of the summer cones

Taking in the view from Corfe Castle