I love Bank Holiday weekends and particularly this one, marking as it does the start of Summer. As a child I remember the May fair and my mother making up a basket of flowers for a neighbour who was housebound. This year it’s been my turn, although the baskets were of herbs not flowers. I was up early on Saturday to pot up a selection of herbs, some for a charity plant sale. I decided on a ‘Scarborough Fair’ selection of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme of varying kinds as the event had a musical theme.
We worked sporadically on the allotment stopping for the boys to play in football matches, visiting Hartley Farm Shop to name their new cockeral, hens and rabbits and admire the beginnings of their herb garden and later to go to a Beltane party complete with impromptu fire ceremony (when an ancient chair gave way and the weather turned chilly.) The apprentices have half filled their beds with sunflowers, strawberries, spinach, sprouts, cauliflower and purple sprouting broccoli.
We rewarded ourselves with a day out on Monday, despite bracing winds and the odd shower and trekked around Dyrham Park near Bath, stopping halfway round for a picnic near this gate. Later on, having visited the house (fabulous kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and large skylight) we emerged into the formal gardens.
Sarah was delighted to spot several varieties of tulip that she had planted at home looking magnificent in the long borders and ducks on the lake. We’ll go back in the Summer to compare their newly planted veg patch with ours.
Then it was home for hot chocolate and cake in front of another Beltane fire. Yes, it really was that cold. It’s set me up nicely for the work of the week ahead. Maybe next year I’ll try a fire walk.