Not a thing of beauty, but still...

These are not small rats but a small gardening discovery. This year I grew cylindrical beetroots, these are the very last - sort of the runt of the litter. The joy of them was that despite the record dry conditions for this part of England, they produced a very fine specimen, always sweet, not too earthy tasting and even at the very end of the season they never got to that woody, starchy stage that can happen with the beet.


Autumn bliss

Autumn raspberries never fail to amaze me. Every couple of days from the start of September sometimes till November we pick large bowls of them. When everything else is slowing down and stopping production they just keep cropping. Intensely flavoured and sweet, a real treat.