Great excitement in the new veg patch in the garden since my last blog – we’ve finally been able to eat some of our home-grown produce! First it was gooseberries – just a handful so far but oh so delicious, sweet and juicy! I decided I needed to protect them from the birds (the swinging monkey “scarecrow” I mentioned in a previous blog hasn’t worked – Gloucestershire birds are clearly not scared of monkeys!) so I got this brilliant “umbrella” cloche from QVC, which has worked a treat.
And then it was lettuces, which you can see in the background behind the gooseberry bush. They were delicious too! The garlic is also coming on nicely and I’ve got a mini greenhouse now with cucumbers and chilli peppers so it’s all very exciting.
I’ve still been spending a lot of time in the garden – even though bars and restaurants are open again we still haven’t been out, although we are planning to go out for lunch one day this week at a restaurant with a nice outdoor terrace. I’m torn between being a little anxious about it but also really looking forward to eating out for the first time in months; I’m also very aware that our local eateries really need our support so I’m sure it will be lovely.
I’m also hoping to meet up with a group of friends in the park where a new outdoor cafe has opened serving tea and cake – yum! I know lots of people are having picnics at the moment too, and there’s a Today’s Special Value offer coming up on Monday 27th which might come in handy for that.
California Innovations are bringing us a set of four insulated tote bags which keep food hot or cold so perfect for picnics but also for the supermarket, picking up takeaways, bringing food to loved ones – the list goes on. The bags come in really nice colours and patterns, fold down to clutch bag size and are leak proof and wipe clean. I took two to the supermarket the other day and they were brilliant. (I also took a photo of the four of them in our little herb garden area outside the back door, just to show you how nice they are!).
And finally a mention for a new hair product I’ve become a bit addicted to. It’s the Elasti-Styler from Philip Kingsley and it’s a styling product you use on damp hair before blow- drying. It does so much more though – it conditions and strengthens, it smooths fizz and makes hair feel really soft and manageable and it also gives shine – I love it!
Have a lovely week.
Love Jackie x