|Impressive church. Drunken loutishness not pictured.|
Did you get anything good? I scored the usual bounty of excellent and idiosyncratic gifts that come from having a family (well, a Dad mostly) so keen on finding "diamonds in the rough" from second hand and junk shops. An American paraffin lamp, a game where you bet on the outcome of a tug-o-war between an orangutan and a sumo wrestler, and a book about Maru, the internet-sensation cat were some of the best-received offerings. Also brilliant, and very useful, was a tagine that I got from my sister. I've always been a bit dubious about what exactly it is a tagine offers that a big cast-iron pan doesn't, but the couple of things we've cooked in it so far have been brilliant, the sauces produced from long simmered meat being light but improbably well-flavoured. Plus, it looks really nice.
|The good ship tagine's maiden lamb-based voyage|
We haven't actually been to the allotment at all in 2013, about which I am feeling growingly guilty. That guilt will be finally assuaged tomorrow when, despite a particularly baltic forecast, I'll head down for a bit of a weed and a tidy-up.
We did have a quick look in on the plot on New Year's Eve as we got a call from the fantastic Tom who had put the finishing touches to our new fence.
|Poo will come in here|
Kasia wasted no time in putting one of her Christmas presents from me to good use. Hurrah for the compost aerator! We recently figured out that Kasia's love of composting may have something to do with the Mr Fusion Home Energy Reactor from Back to the Future pt II; an early childhood lesson in the possibilities of creating something useful from kitchen scraps.
|All because the lady loves to aerate compost|
Of the onions, garlic and broad beans we planted in the autumn, only the garlic looks like it will come to anything. Presumably the cloves' papery jackets have protected them from the appallingly wet autumn and early winter. We've got three varieties planted, plus elephant garlic, so it will be fun to see what comes of them, and at least our autumn plantings haven't been a complete wash out.
|Good to see you sir.|