We’ve had a couple of thunderstorms and two cloudy days – a little rain but not nearly enough after a summer that’s been even drier than usual. When the first thunderstorm came the night before last, I was worried about the turnip seedlings that had just emerged the day before. Last year some of these got completely washed away by heavy rain. I needn’t have worried, though, they’re still there:
Planting out the winter vegetables
We’ve planted out the red cabbage, green cabbage, cauliflower and leek plants which we bought because we didn’t get round to sowing them earlier in the summer. Neighbours have given us lettuce seedlings, too, so we should have lots of leaves for salads and soups in the autumn and winter.
And the aubergines seem to be starting again, with new flowers and a few new fruits, one of which we ate for lunch today.
The market was busier than it has been over the summer – there were stalls selling household goods and our usual charcutier was back from the break he took last week. We bought pork chops to barbecue outside in the place, sharing the fire with our neighbour as we often do. While they were cooking we had goats’ cheeses with thyme, garlic, olive oil and cherry tomatoes.