Has it rained yet? No – not here (well, only two trivial showers) and they don't really count. The Metcheck weather forecasting web site has been teasing us with prediction of proper rain . . . 14mm on Monday, 6mm on Wednesday. Now they're being a bit more realistic . . . we may get – and I won't get too excited – 0.8mm this evening. A few miles to the north of us, there is an agricultural research company who publish detailed records of the weather, it's official – in July 2010 we live in the driest spot in the UK.
But, even though our grass is dry and brown, there are vegetables which have loved the conditions – I haven't even watered them and they've thrived! So, let me show off a pretty good crop of garlic . . .
and some plump globe artichokes . . .
I think I'll consult Elizabeth David and cook up a Mediterranean supper :-)
Caught by the River Thames
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