Season’s Greetings

This will probably be the last post of the year.

Just catching up on various forums and websites. Came across an interesting term on the BBC – locavore: a person who eats locally-sourced food. A family in Fife tried to survive on food only from Fife. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7152009.stm

Last night made a batch of food for the birds – fat plus dried fruits. Have put some out today and within 5 minutes, a robin is feasting. Yesterday, there was a fieldfare in the garden. I wonder how many points that is worth in I-Spy. Just then, had a look in the garden through window – a seagull! Small person doesn’t like crusts on sandwiches for lunch, so I put those out for the birds. Seagull and magpie have snacked on them today. Other regular visitors include squabbling starlings, sparrows, dunnock, blackbirds, chaffinches and blue tits. The allotment also gets greenfinches and wrens. On the walk to the allotment, have spotted a couple of goldfinches.

Will be going to the allotment later to pull swede, parsnip and brussels for seasonal feasts. The frost apparently improves the taste of parsnips and brussels. We’ve had plenty of frost this week. Saturday night (15th), there was a dip in temperatures and ice formed. Even the car was reluctant to start on Sunday noon. This morning for the walk to school, the thermometer in the garden said zero celsius. It still says zero (9.43am). It has been a cold week. I can’t recall another cold snap in this location (only been here 7 years, plus this area as it is near the sea… etc, rarely gets snow (though a mile or two up road does as it is higher up)). Even the kale in the garden looks a bit sad, drooping. Still, the cold snap should be good against some pests, etc.

With it being cold outside, I prefer to stay snuggled up under a blanket to keep warm and read a book. I have several books on the go, Imajica and re-reading The Hobbit, plus some from the library: The Allotment Chronicles – A social history of allotment gardening; A-Z of Companion Planting; The Allotment Handbook by Caroline Foley; The Organic Gardener’s Handbook by Michael Littlewood. One book waiting to be read is The Gardener’s Wise Words and Country Ways by Ruth Binney. Looking at the last two books mentioned – the first, the “organic” one is printed in China, whereas the Wise Words is printed in GB. I’ve looked at other books on the bookshelf – Bob Flowerdew’s books are printed in Singapore. One book I’m looking forward to for April 2008 is The Self-sufficientish Bible by Andy & Dave Hamilton over at SSish. OH – take note!