One of the nicest jobs, is picking fruit. We've been doing it for a few weeks now, and we're getting some lovely stuff. We're freezing it so we can use the fruit to make mini summer puddings for our celebration event on 21st July.
|Gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries and red currants. Yum!|
We also feel like we're in the most beautiful place on the planet at the moment, as it's full of wildflowers - loads of poppies, cornflowers, marigolds, corn cockles and May weed. The sensory bed in the orchard is also looking very special, with clump-forming morning glory, night scented stock and even more poppies. We've also got lots of wildlife - birds singing fit to bust, including one that does a car alarm impression and a mobile phone! Today we saw our first small blue butterfly, which was a lovely surprise.
|Purple-pink poppies in the strawberry patch|
One thing that's not so good about the site is vandalism. We've had our old scarecrow burned and recently, the new clay oven structure was also destroyed by fire. We won't let it deter us, but we are taking precautions. The new clay oven structure will be different and hopefully less flammable. We've also been removing dry wood chip from some areas, like the new kitchen (thanks Dan and Ellis), so that it is less vulnerable, and we plan to pave the floor here as well, so if you have any old slabs available, let us know!