A proper weekend

Hello m' handsome axe tossers,

I've not forgotten about blogland. I've just been super busy working extra hours and trying to keep the house in order. That makes the weekend all the more special and a return to that 'Friday feeling'. I've missed Gardeners World on t' tele for the past fortnight, so I'm not sure what Monty at Longmeadow has as jobs for the weekend, but here's what's been going on gardening wise here at Long Mizzle.

The hedge trimming has begun in haste. The blobby Camillia has had a drastic skirt lift trim, the scraggly budleja has been hard cut back and the bay tree re-pom-pomed. The Vebena Bonariensis is trying to steal the show here, but look at that text book pruning in the background!

 

Now I can adorn the new voids with hanging things -


Take a look at these posh, fleece lined gloves the viking brother got me for my birthday... 


Well, that's the nicest they'll ever look again as Monsieur, who normally does not partake in garden jobs, wore them when took the lobbers to the mutant Hawthorn tree in the front garden. It had reached our neigbour's telephone wires, so had to be tamed. Monsieur was all bloodied and scratched and looked like he'd gone ten round with Mike Tyson that night (This is where you tell me Monty sensibly has leather clad arms).

So vicious were the brambles, I thought the devil most certainly had already pissed on them. But that doesn't happen until Michaelmas day on the 29th of Sepetember apparently.

That's not the only thing Monsieur's been cutting. He took the secateurs to my hair this morning. Let's just say it's much shorter and choppier than planned. Saved myself £30 at the hairdressers though 'eh. What's that old saying - what's the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut...

Two weeks.

With all this wood chopping, it makes me wonder if there's a more fun way of doing it. I sense a new hobby coming on this winter...

Axe Throwing at The Celtic Tossers

 Here follows some harvest gossip  -

'Harry' new potatoes grown successionally in old compost bags. Plus some new ones started, on the middle patio by the fig tree. Two bags per crate - they can be moved into the greenhouse or covered with cold frame panes if needs be.
 

The most gorgeous, candy striped 'Chioggia' beetroot -

Hello Radicchio - 

The heart extracted, washed and ready for a stir fry with sweet plum sauce  -

Lots of Braeburn apples - 


Delicious in a crumble, scattered with the frozen blackcurrants -

The last ripening tomatoes, outdoors -

and under cover --
 

Orange chilies with colour coordinated washing -

Grapefruit sized Cantaloup melons, seeds courtesy of Cherie -

And still lots of Dahlias -

That's all from me today. Thought I'd better stick my bonce in to say a quick hello. I'll strive not to leave it so long next time. It's a hearty stew and some Games of Thrones for us tonight (once the kids are off to bed).

What have you been up to?

Lulu xXx


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  1. Tony was only last night asking me how you were doing you little Cornish pixie. I'm envious of your melons... (that doesn't sound quite right) :-) I didn't get a single one. Oh well there's always next year. Tony suggests that you take up darts. It's safer than axe throwing... My son had axe throwing at his wedding last year and it went down a storm with the guests.

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    1. I cut m' melon too soon & it wasn't ripe Cherie :0 My ol' witchcraft grandad was a good dart player and he was half blind! Axe throwing at a wedding... brilliant :) I hope you had a go xXx

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  2. Dear Lulu
    You are having a wonderful harvest by the looks of things and considering the weather this summer, that's impressive! I love an apple crumble and we have enjoyed apple, raspberry and blueberry crumble now and again. Yum! Hmm, axe throwing - fun but approach with caution in case people get a bit carried away!
    Have a good week
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Oooh, lovely, can't beat a crumble Ellie - especially with custard, ice cream and a dollop of cream :) I don't know if health & safety applies with axe throwing :0 !? ;) xXx

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  3. Hello there, Lulu! Totally hearing you on the lack of time and that Friday feeling, as I'm temporarily back to 5-day working weeks. I've hardly had time for any gardening at all, so I'm applauding you on your textbook pruning and delectable harvest. That candy-striped beetroot looks far too good to eat!
    Craving apple and blackberry crumble now, so there goes my - mostly imaginary - diet :-)
    I'm loving the pine cone hanging thingy and intrigued by the axe throwing, but Celtic Tossers is an absolutely brilliant name! xxx

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    1. A return to the five day week is a bit of a shock to the system isn't it Ann! I did giggle when I spotted the Celtic Tossers on my last jaunt to Truro. I am very tempted to book a session and compete to be master tosser xXx

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  4. Lovely to see you again. My news is I have an allotment. It has been four weeks of stroggling to tame the beast after its previous custodian neglected the site. Now we are at the exciting planning stage. X

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    1. Oh how exciting Jane!!! Well done with the jungle taming. I shall have to pop over to have a nosey... xXx

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  5. that radiccio is like something from outer space.....
    so good to see something new from long mizzle! the garden looks wonderfull with all the late blooms and the perfectly trimmed shrubs. and all the harvest - is´t it fabulous to eat from your own garden?! can i come over for apple crumble?
    not far and i will take up my fiskars axe for chopping firewood - its very autumnal here now.......
    take a rest! <3 xxxxx

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    1. Of course you are welcome to come over for a nice autumnal crumble Beate, but please bring your Axe and ballet shoes ;) xXx

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  6. Hello Lulu, Great to hear from you!

    I don't know why I always seem to sit and have a blog catch up when I'm hungry. Your delicious harvest is making me want to chew my own arm off!

    I shall be mindful of the devil's piss. Does he do it indiscriminately or just on Hawthorn bushes? I also smiled at Celtic Tossers and the image of monsieur attacking your hair like Edward Scissorhands. "It'll be nice when it's finished" as my old boss used to be fond of saying whenever any of us had a haircut. How we laughed!!

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    1. The devil has now officially pissed on the blackberries that scramble through the Hawthorn trees , so it is wise to stay away from them, unless you want to be a better guitarist of course. That's funny about your old boss. I remember colleagues from an old work place saying I looked like Darth Vader in his helmet, after one especially bad haircut! xXx

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  7. Hello to you, Mrs topiary haircut, I have missed your posts. Your beetroot looks wonderful, I think it's my favourite veggie and I never saw a stripy one before. Your garden is so chock full of goodies, even so late in the year I am a little envious. Monty has been very bizzy in your absence I think he has lobbed all the leaves off his pumpkins so they concentrate on getting ripe he was also showing off a bit with his grape vines, hope you get a chance to catch up with him soon. Betty :)

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    1. Oooh, I find the stripey beetroot to be a bit milder and sweeter Betty - lovely. I may pop it on a lolly stick to try & get the kids to eat more veggies. Thanks for the update on what Monty has been up to. Vines, pfff, I have vines... bindweed vines! xXx

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  8. That beetroot is almost too pretty to eat. Beetroot is the one thing I've really missed growing these last few years. It's good to see you back. X

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    1. Thanks Jules! Must get m' picking kit out soon. It's a rainy day so I'll be popping over shortly for a big blog reading catch up .... xXx

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  9. Glad to see you back in blogland - my gosh you have been busy, especially with the hedge trimming - including your hair! Never seen a chioggia beetroot previously. As with my garden haven't done much worthwhile mentioning other than keeping it tidy - a few dahlia still going well, Anway, good to hear from you. Good wishes.

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    1. Hello Mike, thank you :) Who needs a gym when I can spend hours chopping wood ;) The Chioggia beetroot is very sweet and tasty, a bit milder than the deep purple varieties. Catch you over at your bloggy soon xXx

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  10. Lovely to see a post from you, bab! I had to chuckle at monsieur and your haircut.
    Long Mizzle is still looking fabulous. It's been a good year for beetroot in our garden, too - bloody love the stuff. I might send Jon out with a ladder in the night, the neighbour's apples are loads better than ours - I'm sure they won't miss a branch or two.
    Don't tell Monty but I haven't watched Gardeners World all year - Scandi Noir, holidays and festivals keep distracting me. xxx

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    1. Eh up Vix, welcome back from your latest adventure. Of course I will be over to hear all the gossip. Do you know, I haven't even gotten round to pickling any beetroot yet, it has all been eaten fresh or thrown in to soups, casseroles and curries. Good luck with the stealth scrumping xXx

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  11. Thanks SM :) I spend a lot of time at work at a screen so my eyes often pack in at the end of a day (hmmm, must find someone I can recite my pondering to...). Hope you are keeping well xXx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Hena & leaving a lovely message. I see you have a blog & I shall take a peek when I get chance... Lulu x

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  13. Hello Lulu, nice to see your garden still doing so well and the produce is very impressive, you must be pleased.
    Following my operation I can't do any strenuous activities so my garden has died. Most things are container grown so the last few weeks of hot weather finished them off. We've both had Covid since I came home and I didn't want to ask anyone to come and water them. Being positive I'll have a clean sheet & a fresh start next Spring when I hope to be fit again. 😊

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  14. I don't know about you, but with Ned in the picture I can no longer concentrate easily on what Monty is saying :)

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  15. That Ned looks a bit of a handful, not sure I could handle a new puppy these days. Patty, who puts in an appearance at the close of the show looks very calm. All dogs are great. 🐕

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  16. Well, that Beetroot is a beauty! My mum gave me some of hers which I realise are still festering away in the fridge...must deal with!
    Poor new gardening gloves! They look lovely. My husband never learns his lesson when pruning- he always gets maimed by a resentful shrub.
    I like the pinecone basket- very clever. I follow the most wonderful person on Insta called Foraged fibres and love watching her sped up videos of making baskets out of Crocosmia leaves and all sorts of thingies- I think you'd like her too!

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    1. Oh I know the feeling with beetroot lurking in the fridge Kezzie- I need to get serious about picking! Thanks for the Foraged Fibre tip - baskets from Crocosmia leaves? Well, I have plenty of those - will have to check it out :) xXx

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