And of course, what do we do when we have people staying with us, we trot along to the Boston Brewery! It was very nice as per usual, we are gradually working our way through the entire menu. :-)
Meanwhile, we have been busy outside. It's planting time, the rains have started, off and on, so Steve set to work clearing out the vegie patch. He's poured in many bags of horse poo and loads of pig poo compost and has planted seedlings and sown seeds. Let's see, what is in there.... loads of sugar snap peas, about 4 times as many as last year as they grew so well and were absolutely delicious. Broad beans, about a third of what we grew last year, we are still wading through last year's frozen beans! Lots of garlic, onions and shallots, they all grew really well last year too. Dwarf beans, cabbages, beetroot, carrots, broccolini and other things that I have forgotten. In the foreground are the two remaining capsicum plants, still producing. That was great, we could never grow capsicum in Perth, they used to get burnt to a crisp. At the back is our flourishing couple of rhubarb plants, even happier since they had a boost with half a bag of horse poo.
Sometimes I forget to use the rhubarb, but this week I made rhubarb muffins. Lovely texture but perhaps a bit bland, interesting actually as the recipe called for 2 cupfuls of chopped rhubarb, quite a bit, but really there was no rhubarb taste in the muffins. Anyway, I now know that rhubarb is best used in pies or crumbles and I'll leave the muffins for when I've got blueberries!
While Steve has been busy planting up, I am getting twitchy about growing my herb garden. As we haven't got any garden started in the giant sandpit around our house, I decided to get a few pots going up by the front door, idea being that hopefully the roos will be too scared to venture that close to nibble.
I've planted some lettuce which is in the foreground and I'm pleased to see that my herb and other seeds are sprouting. Coriander, marjoram, sage, marigolds, snapdragons and cornflowers are all peeping up from the damp earth.