Garden Update

july 2013Well, this week has flown by and I’ve hardly had time for anything but work, work and more work. It’s especially difficult when you’ve been commissioned to make heavyweight home accessories in aran and chunky yarns. Pity me in this heat!

The garden is absolutely loving the sunshine and everything is growing much better than last year. The raspberries are just appearing and there promises to be a bumper crop of autumn fruiting ones too. The sweet potatoes have completely taken over the greenhouse, and their glossy green leaves are beautiful (and I believe edible). Last week we had a lovely day with friends and I took along a chocolate roulade covered in chocolate ganache and raspberries*. You can find my favourite roulade recipe here. I’ve also been putting the finishing touches to projects for my “Materknitty” knitting class, which is proving very popular. I was also thrilled to see the beautiful styling and photography of my Kidsilk Haze wrap in the new issue of Craftseller.

We’re off to Cumbria this weekend for some much needed relaxation and hopefully walks on the fells. Whatever you’re up to , have a lovely time. I’ll be back on Monday with a special “one off” post on the subject of Granny Squares. This is part of Agrarian Artisan’s blog party.

T

* I made this a delicious gluten and lactose free treat by using dairy free chocolate and Lactofree cream.

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  1. That chocolate ganache looks gorgeous. Your raspberries are so much fatter than mine. I wonder if the pruning this year will mean fat ones next year! Hope so as they were so delicious! How have your cucamelons come up?

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