Monday, 6 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

The first Monday in June and all I can come up with that is new for Sian's Memorandum Monday is a gooseberry bush.
But you have to remember that it's my first day back at work after a week away in Portugal and it's hard to get back in the old routines.  There's not been a lot of 'new' to do.

Back to the gooseberry.  This is the first year we've had our holiday so early in the year, but there's grandparenty things happening in the 'proper' summer and we daren't be out the country when that happens!  Normally we look after our garden all year only to find that the week we go away in August is the hottest of the year, daughters and sons 'forget' to go round and water the plants we've lovingly nurtured and we come home to dried up, neglected fruit and veg.  This year, my husband decided that as we would be around in summer to look after things ourselves he would build a raised vegetable patch (raised in an effort to stop a certain furry family member from 'helping' with the digging.  Spoiler alert - it doesn't make a blind bit of difference!)and grow more fruit and veg because we all know, nothing tastes quite so good as a freshly picked home grown vegetable.  One thing that he loves and I don't is gooseberry.  He loves them in crumbles or gooseberry fool, I spend a lot of time scrunching up my face and saying 'but they're so sour'.  He was adamant though that this year, he would be growing his own (partly because whenever I go to the supermarket I forget {ahem} to buy them).  Imagine his surprise to arrive home this weekend and find that while we've been away a large bunch of little green berries have appeared.  I think that the rather large downpours of rain we've had here while we were in Portugal may have helped.  
So that's my new thing for the week.  A new fruit in the garden.  A new success.  As for me, I'm just relieved that while he's feasting on gooseberry crumble, there'll be all the more home grown raspberries for me! 

8 comments:

helena said...

a nice looking crop there - have a good week back at work

Sian said...

My husband loves them too. And they look wonderful

How exciting it sounds, though, having to work out your plans so you are there at the right time :)

Patio Postcards said...

A very healthy looking crop. Furry help in the raised veg beds does sound like a challenge to prevent, not fun. Hopefully the week at work will go without upset.

Sandra said...

First;y I'm choosing to ignore the spoiler alert ... In my head it will work lol ... Ok, I know your right. Next I'm so impressed with your crop, well done, someone is going to be very happy xxx

Maggie said...

Add some elderflower to them in the cooking to take away some of the sharpness. I had to do a paw inspection the other day when my newly planted sweet peas were dug up. I am still not sure who the culprit was.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Who do you suppose will MAKE the gooseberry crumble? ;o) So fun to hear you talk of grandparenty things coming up...

Ruth said...

Ooh, love me a gooseberry crumble!

Susanne said...

I have never had a gooseberry in my whole life, but your bush looks wonderful.