The direct route to our garden is still closed to cars which means that if we want to take more than we can carry while walking we have to take the long, but very scenic route up to the top of the hill and down past the old mills, which is what we did today.
And there were some nice surprises when we got to the garden: the buds on the apricot tree are starting to open, and we have one daffodil flowering. Daffodils never do very well here in this dry climate but we usually have a few more than this.
The broad beans that I sowed in the autumn and carefully protected during the very cold weather last month are now flowering. Today we sowed a second row and also a row of mangetout peas.
These are the only bought seeds we’ll use this year, having saved all the others that we need.
In spite of the disruption caused by the building work on the land next to the gardens, the stream from the spring at the top of the hill is still running well so we were able to fill our water containers while we ate lunch in the sun. It was the first day since January that we’ve been in the garden on a day that was warm enough for us to have lunch there, so we did. Just a sandwich made with ham and our pickled peppers from last year, and then a coffee in the sun…..