It's a busy time on the allotment and so our little helper is a welcome addition, lending a hand with hoeing, watering and planting.

With the recent hot weather followed by rain, everything is growing with gusto.
The first over-wintering onions were harvested .... 

 ..along with the first strawberries. I will admit that, I had to supplement the ones in this picture below  with English strawberries from the shop, as there has been a bit of a battle raging between us and the birds and snails but some carefully positioned netting has helped! And I think we are now winning the war!

There has also been some baking in the form of oat biscuits. This recipe is adapted from one on the BBC Good Food website.

Preheat the oven to 180c/ 160c fan

75g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
75g oats
50g brown sugar
2 handfuls raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
75g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons milk
A few chopped hazelnuts to sprinkle on top - optional

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Melt the butter and syrup in a pan over a low heat. When melted add to the dry ingredients along with the milk and stir to form a stiff dough.
Form into 12 balls and place on a baking sheet, allowing room to spread. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts if using.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

Enjoy with a cup of tea!

Speak soon.



  1. It looks wonderful down on the allotment. The mice used to take all of my strawberries, pounds and pounds of them, and 'store' them under the broad beans. They would sit there rotting in underripe piles. I have some at home now, but the plants are particularly productive so I'll be replacing them for next year. CJ xx


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