Nature’s Rich Bounty

It feels like about time to report in on how things are here in the current climate.

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It has been and still is a beautiful summer. The Western Isles were stunning, the weather more than kind and we came back immensely relaxed and peaceful and with best Scottish tan I’ve ever had !

The grapes are doing marvellously this year, just a little more sun to plump them and we have the best crop yet. It is truly exhilarating. The redcurrants have been cropped. We have had a few blackcurrants from the newly planted bush and there are a few cranberries ripening. Thanks to some of our all wonderful neighbours there are herbs aplenty for the cooking and this week has seen a batch of rhubarb tarts with rhubarb cake having been delicious from the first crop a while ago. We have been pickling beetroot from our fabulous organic veggie box delivery, his loveliness indoors had excelled himself with the baking of excellent bread and totally scrumptious molasses-filled oatie cakes and there is a distinctively different feeling about our ability for good sustainable living.

I am reminded again of the Edwin Markham poem that I have loved for a long time . . .

Earth Is Enough

We men of Earth have here the stuff

Of Paradise – we have enough!

We need no other stones to build

The Temple of the Unfulfilled –

No other ivory for the doors –

No other marble for the floors –

No other cedar for the beam

And dome of man’s immortal dream.

Here on the paths of every-day –

Here on the common human way

Is all the stuff the gods would take

To build a Heaven, to mold and make

New Edens. Ours is the stuff sublime

To build Eternity in time !

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