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Fruits of our labours

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

ONE of the many bonuses of mov­ing from Dum­friesshire to Dorset last year has been the va­ri­ety of fruit and veg­eta­bles a sun­nier and drier cli­mate al­lows us to grow.

Dur­ing eight years in the Bor­ders, when the weather was mostly dre­ich—they don’t call it south-‘wet’ Scot­land for noth­ing—we tried, but failed mis­er­ably, to har­vest any crops. Cauliflow­ers rot­ted be­fore we could pick them and a tiny green­house—pur­chased and fur­nished with plants by my par­ents—blew away in a storm. It was even­tu­ally found, two years later, miles up the val­ley.

Now, in our neatly fenced veg­etable patch at the top of the gar­den, my hus­band, Si­mon, has nur­tured a plethora of plants, from asparagus, kale and his beloved broad beans to pak choi, cav­alo nero, cour­gettes and grey­hound cab­bage. There’s also lots of let­tuce, run­ner beans, sweet­corn and peas.

What a plea­sure it is to en­joy this bounty in the imag­i­na­tive dishes my hus­band cooks on my re­turn from the of­fice each evening, of­ten fol­lowed by home-picked fruit, such as lo­gan­ber­ries.

We’re look­ing for­ward to our own ap­ples and pears, too, but there will be no goose­ber­ries this year—sock, our an­cient labrador, and Ch­ester, our cheeky ter­rier, have snaf­fled the lot. PL

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