day 45, wednesday

It’s supposed to be 17 degrees (centigrade) today but when I looked out the window this morning it didn’t look too promising. Our garden tour began with a visit to the raised vegetable beds where we planted radishes, carrots and a courgette plant (that was me – or rather that was what I planted) in week 3 I think. I have to confess that although I haven’t been looking after it, it seems to be in quite good shape but no courgettes yet. I suspect Eileen has been there with the watering can!

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We also walked over to the greenhouse, stopping on the way to look at the walnut tree and the cobnut tree. Yesterday at demo Darina had some beans on display – french, broad, runner and barlotti – so I asked Tim if the barlotti beans were grown in the greenhouse as I hadn’t seen them on any of our visits. They were but only a few plants so not very many beans but look at how beautiful they are. (Extreme left in case you’re wondering.)

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The rest of the day was spent studying ‘The Business of Food’ presented by Blathnaid Bergin (Darina’s sister!), The Restaurant Advisor. I wasn’t quite sure what kind of day it was going to be but Blathnaid was really engaging and I felt I got a lot out of the day. She also made sure we got up and stretched every so often which was REALLY great.

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