Wednesday, 20 August 2008

I am blighted!

Well, all my gorgeous tomatoes and potatoes have got blight and have been dug up and dumped. I only had a handful of cherry toms and the huge Marmade ones had only just started going red when they all started rotting. I can't believe it, the second year running this has happened. St least the chili, peppers, aubergines and broad beans are still going strong.

On the plus side our menagerie of animals are keeping me amused. Misty is an absolute delight. I like to get up at 7am and feed the chooks, cats and geese and even if she is fast asleep she follows me down the garden, often with her eyes half shut. The geese have hard plastic paddling pools to bath in, and they need cleaning out every day. Misty likes to climb the magnolia tree next to the bath while I clean them. Once they are full, she likes to walk along the edges of them. Yes, she does fall in but it doesn't seem to bother her. I love our little morning routine together.

The geese have got a 'thing' about laundry. When I am hanging it on the line they like to come and investigate the laundry basket. The amount of times I have had to stop them nicking a sock or a pair of pants. Misty likes the laundry basket as well. She likes to sit in it and be carried up the garden in it. Oh course nothing is too much trouble for me where Misty Moo is concerned. She has been wrapped around her little finger.

I have been glued to the Olympics since they started. Team GB are doing brilliantly and I have screamed myself hoarse at the telly, and been in tears every time we have won a medal. Speaking of which I better get back to watching it. Thank goodness it is only every 4 years!


softinthehead said...

Debra - so that's where you've been - watching the Olympics - OK you're forgiven!:) Sorry to hear about your toms - I am not getting the usual bumper crop either - maybe it's been too wet - record breaking rain this year.

aims said...

I hear that all its done over there is rain - rain - and more rain. No wonder everything is rotting.

Misty sounds like an absolute delight. Aren't cats just the cutest things?

btw - I can just imagine the geese in the laundry. I have a cross stitch picture I did that has geese hanging up laundry. I love it! It says - Our laundry room has the latest dirt - and the little ones are carrying around socks. So cute - so I can easily imagine it for real with yours!

Carol and Chris said...

I'm so jealous that you've been watching the olympics....although we are in the same time zone the coverage here has been awful!! The only things I have had the option of watching are ping pong and female weight lifting!! :-(

Sorry to hear about your tomatoes...maybe next year....

C x

Breezy said...

Well we got to taste a few but we're in the same boat on the tomato front. I'm going to try them under cover next year
At least the forecast is looking better now

farming-frenchstyle said...

Sorry about the toms, but agree that the Olympics have been addictive. Just wish the beeb would show more of the equestrian, rather than having to find it.

Maggie May said...

I was reminded of Beatrix Potter's Jemima Puddleduck, when I read this post. Though it was ducks & not geese with the washing!

Debra in France said...

Hi SITH, I think you are right, to much rain early on does the damage, even though we have had, in general a good summer.

Hi aims, I love the soundof that cross stitch - that is definately my geese in your picture. Misty is just adorable, she is my little treasure and I tell her about a squillion times a day.

Hi Carol and Chris, Isn't it a shame that TV companies don't show everything on The Games. There have been some really amazing moments.

Hi B, I am not going to do toms next year. This is the second year that we have been blighted so I think I'll give the soil a break from them or grow them else where. I am going to put loads of beans and peas in next year to get some nitrogen in the soil, and maybe leeks and beetroot.

Hi ffs, I have been addicted to the cycling, gymnastics and athletics.

Hi Maggie, geese have such strong personalities. They love being round people. and Gertie loves sitting on my lap for a chat. I can't imagine not having them.