Despite the day starting out with a wet and gusty morning, the afternoon mellowed into a sunny winter day. That low slung winter sun is so soft and golden, it beckoned us outside to enjoy an all too brief hour in the garden.
There is so much going on. The hens have started laying again, only since the solstice, right on cue. The garlic is spouting, the green lemons are slowly ripening and the rhubarb I divided a few months ago is going crazy. No sulking in their patch. I have a whole bed devoted to kale, my favourite vegetable, that thrives in this cold climate. We pick the leaves everyday to cook in soups, pasta and pies. The broad beans Hugo planted three weeks ago are ever so gradually getting bigger, we should have a crop ready by spring. Yep, it's busy out there in the garden, with plenty to eat, even in this cold weather.
Tomorrow we might go and meet the new neighbours, a young family who just arrived from Sydney on the weekend. Can you believe there are nine houses on our street and five families who live here are originally from Sydney!