This sunset is from the other night.
Apparently there was an Aurora, and although it was too bright for us to see its full impact, the colours in the sunset were certainly intensified.
As always, the photos do not do the colours justice at all, but suffice to say, it was beautiful to look at.
Can you see how the sun is setting further away from the Eye of the Butt? Only a month or so ago, the sun set towards the right hand side of this photo.
Anyway, to the plot...
I went out today to do some weeding and came back with these! There are Duke of York Reds (new potatoes) and Accord potatoes in the basket. The brocolli is Calabrese. This means that a centre floret grows, and many, many side shoots with smaller florets. The sooner the centre stem is cut, the more opportunity is given to the side shoots.
Here's a centre floret which hasn't been cut yet. It'll grow slightly larger than this so I'll leave it for another week or so.
This photo isn't too clear, but you may be able to see some of the smaller side florets in amongst all the foliage.
See the centre cauliflower? It's begun to split: I probably ought to have harvested it a few days ago. The cauliflower is okay to eat, but it doesn't look as nice as the others.
You remember the turnip a few weeks ago....
This was them when we'd just thinned them.
See the difference! The Builder covered them this year with netting to stop the butterflies laying their eggs on the leaves. Last year, the turnip leaves were decimated by caterpillars. Pesky butterflies!
Hopefully, very soon we'll have some of the baby carrots taken from the thinnings. They are always so tasty, and I can't wait to have them. Also our courgettes (zucchini for you Americans!) are growing like mad! I made another huge pan of soup today with them, and that'll go in the freezer for later in the year.
It seems like only a couple of weeks since we were slogging to get the seedlings planted. I don't remember the brassicas being ready this early in the past years, but now I'm wishing I'd been organised enough to have other seedlings to plant right now. Hopefully, I'll learn from this year, and be 'on the ball' next year.
I can't tell y'all what a blessing it is to be harvesting these vegetables. I really do feel like they are special, God-given gifts. I pray I would be truly thankful for them, and never take them for granted.