I woke up this morning to rain. And it felt cold with it. It wasn’t really cold, it was 21°C, it just felt like it because it was so grey and miserable. Gardening was not possible – well… a determined fanatic would get out there and do something, but today that fanatic was not me. On other occasions it would have been, but not today.
I decided to make the most of the time by doing other things. Inside things. Boring things – like doing a bit of tidying up. Sometimes there is a place in the house that gets neglected a little and subsequently ignored. One of those places caught my attention today. After the last fire in the fireplace, we continued to do what we had done all winter and put our scrap paper in there, ready to help get the next fire started. The problem was we didn’t know there wasn’t going to be another fire at the time as the warm weather snuck up on us and so it wasn’t a conscious decision: “this will be the last fire.” So for the last couple of months the fireplace has had scrap paper staring back at us through the window.
Today I thought enough was enough and begin as it was ‘cold’ and miserable I decided to sort it out and put a match to it. The thing is, I always clean out the fireplace at this time of year, emptying out the ash and even getting the vacuum cleaner in there and making it all sparkly clean. Well we can’t have Santa coming down a dirty chimney. We are one of the first countries to see him and it just wouldn’t do for him to start his rounds in a grubby suit because we were negligent!
While that was burning down I went into another room where I tripped over something I was meaning to get around to, but hadn’t. Back in the autumn I collected a load of chestnuts with delicious thoughts in my head, however the drought had not been kind to the chestnuts and all the effort and bravery required to get them out revealed shrivelled nuts that were good for nothing! Completely disheartened I put the remainder aside hoping to get to them later, but deep down knowing I wouldn’t and hoping they would just disappear somehow. But they didn’t and every time I tripped over them – it hurt.
So it was with great satisfaction and thick gloves that I heaved them all into the fireplace with the burning paper and removed a tripping hazard and a guilty reminder of what I didn’t do. Then it occurred to me – I had chestnuts roasting on an open fire! How festive is that?! Well they were roasting for a brief period before the slipped into incinerating.
On a different note, it somehow didn’t seem right worrying about irrigation while it was raining so heavily so I took a day off from thinking about it.
How I had my zucchini today.
I did nip out into the garden during a break in the rain and was relieved to see that the zucchinis on the plant were too small to bother with yet. Phew!
So I opened the fridge and grabbed a couple of the ones lurking in there and grated them up and turned them into zucchini fritters which were gobbled up by The Joeyosaurus. I think turning them into chips broke down his preconceived prejudices!
Come again soon – I shall have to get creative with the gardening – there is supposed to be even more rain tomorrow – a lot more rain.
Sarah the Gardener : o )