Squirrelling Away

It’s still glut central here at Agents of Field HQ, so I’m grabbing any spare moment to make jams and chutneys for the store cupboard and soups for the freezer, squirrelling away our excess produce for the leaner months ahead. My new induction hob (which I’m loving, by the way) is seeing a whole lot of action just now.

Ade’s phenomenal pumpkin harvest (honestly, our plants went ballistic this year, must be the country air!) is currently outside curing and we’re wondering where the heck we’re going to store them all. We normally line our windowsills with them. I always think they make such a pretty display at this time of year, but our windowsills are a no-go at the moment. Just to remind you, our house is still in complete disarray while we renovate it. Downstairs, in particular, is in utter chaos. Plumbers and electricians have been coming and going this week, the decorators will hopefully be making a start by the end of the month, and then there’s the new floor to lay, so there’s nowhere safe to store our squashes. Except maybe the bathtub. 😳

In other news, we had the pleasure of talking to Luke Deal on BBC Radio Suffolk’s breakfast show yesterday. You  may recall Luke’s been following our attempts at self-sufficiency with regular updates from our kitchen garden since the start of the year, but yesterday, we joined him in the studio to chat more about our ‘good life’ journey. Then it was over to Ade who was grilled by listeners calling in with their gardening questions! You can catch it for the next month or so here (we’re on from about 2:06:00 onwards.)

It was a lot of fun and we hope to return at some point!

This coming week, I’m hoping to do something with our pear harvest. Pears are a bit of a novelty for us, we didn’t grow them previously and have inherited a wonderful tree in our new garden which is just laden with fruit right now. I’m thinking of doing a spiced pear chutney, what do you reckon?

Anyways, have a great week!

 

 

 

 

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Busy Bees

It’s been a busy week at Agents of Field HQ. The house has been full of builders (we’re not onto the new kitchen just yet, but hopefully it’s not too long before we can get started on that!), our new garden shed arrived, Ade’s been dashing back and forth to London at the crack of dawn to guest present on the QVC channel, we’ve just started featuring on BBC Radio Suffolk who will be following us over the coming year to see how our attempt at living ‘The Good Life’ progresses, and (drumroll, please) we did our first ever live event.

Hence the silence last weekend. Apologies for not blogging, but things have reached new and unexpected levels of chaos in our household.

Look, there’s even a cement mixer in our living room.

Anyway, we were delighted to be asked by Ellen Mary to talk to her No Fear Gardening group at the fabulous Gin Temple in Norwich on Wednesday about our grow-your-own journey.

Despite being thwarted by technical failures which rendered our presentation completely unplayable (hence our panicked faces above), we somehow managed to talk for an hour and met all sorts of wonderful green-fingered and homegrown-foodie-loving folk, as well as sampling some of Norfolk’s finest gin. Yes, Norfolk, it transpires, is a hub of artisan gin-making activity. Who knew?

Back home, the kitchen garden has really started to take shape. The greenhouse is up, as you know, but the arrival of the shed this week has made a big difference. I was quite surprised when Ade said he’d chosen a black shed as I thought it would look a little sombre at the bottom of the garden, but with it’s white trim, cedar tiles and Georgian windows, it’s one of the prettiest sheds I’ve seen in my life. It’s a bit like a doll’s house really – not sure that was quite the look he was going for!

Anyway, I’m sure Ade will give you a full update next week. But in the meantime, you can hear us talking to Luke Deal on BBC Suffolk’s Saturday Breakfast Show on 2nd March about our garden plans right here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p070v806

and on yesterday’s show here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p072008r

We’re on from about 02:07 in both shows, and they should be available online for the next month or so, if you fancy hearing what we’re up to. Luke will return to our garden in a couple of months to see how we’re getting on. Hopefully, we might actually have some veggies growing in our raised beds by then!