The season has rolled around so quickly, and what a hot, stormy, wet & sticky one it's been! I'm certainly not going to complain....we're green and lush, though the dams are yet to fill to capacity and overflow (that fact, for me, would equal the happiest state of mind, and allow me to splash around in my gum boots on the stone spillway....I haven't had the fun of that for a few years....but it's close!).
We're looking forward to welcoming a full house to our first Kitchen Gardening Day of the year next week, while last weekend I enjoyed the company of a delightful group of young women celebrating a 'non-hen's day', when we collected an abundance of fruit, leaves, herbs and petals, ate late surprise raw asparagus and cooked together, before they sat down to a very seasonal, long-table lunch. I so enjoy these private days on many levels, and it's a delight to share the knowledge of growing with the next generation.
I've been working hard towards upcoming events and my next task is to finalise the booking forms before sharing the details with you. But you might like to set aside FRIDAY 5 JUNE, when I'm planning a simply delightful day here with still life artist CHARLOTTE THODEY.
I'm also planning our AUTUMN OPEN GARDEN WEEKEND, of 2 & 3 MAY. I'll let you know further details as they come to hand, but I can confirm that Martin Boetz, Cooks Co-Op, will be cooking delicious lunches of 'pig & potatoes' in the Hay Shed, and my dear friend Jillie Arnott, The Cooking Tree, is very generously going to bake my favourite garden-inspired cake repertoire again, for tea & cakes in the Dairy. We've been propagating & potting on plants from the garden here to sell, and I'm delighted that Camden Park will have a small stall of rare & special plants too. Neil & Carmen of Patio Plants (you know....you've all seen them at the markets!) will be here once again with beautiful organic veg seedlings, and Joe Vinks with fabulous pieces of twig furniture. I've persuaded Barbara Sweeney, the Talking Cookbook/Food & Words to take up position in our tent on the croquet lawn, to answer all your recipe questions, and a few other collaborations are in the wings. All in all, it will be a hive of activity, frivolity and autumn colour, so do put the dates in your diary, and we'll look forward to seeing you here!
In the meantime, enjoy the final days of summer (thundery though they may be!) and I'll be in touch again very soon.
Best wishes to all,