I love family Sunday's, - those days where you have nothing planned, and you get to slob around and do your favourite at home things.
Today was one of those days, - a lie in, a visit to a garden centre and farm shop, (Garson's in Esher since you wondered) Coffee with friends (and a chance to show off the new kitchen), then a whole afternoon in the greenhouse.
My new chickens are not fully part of my garden yet, as they still havn't fully figured out that the slugs I give them are a treat that they should run and grab from me, - but we gave them a good clean out in the hope that the two that are currently rather hen pecked (Rapunzel and Cinderella) will finally manage to beat the boss (Fiona - think Shrek movies) to the food, and have enough energy to lay us some eggs.
I'm growing lots of salads at the moment, - partly because for the 3rd year running I want to be self sufficient on the salad leaves front, and partly because of my Herbs and Salads Workshop in a couple of weeks. This afternoon, I gave all my overwintering salads a good water. Then I planted up into troughs or pots, or out into my veg beds all the salads which I sowed in mid October and were now bursting out of their seed trays. Tatsoi, Arctic King Lettuce, Chervil, Parsley, Rocket, Mizuna, Mustard and Coriander are all mini leaves now, but will be giving good harvests on a weekly basis by the middle of March.
I then started off the spring salad crops which I hope will start feeding me in 6-8 weeks time - the middle of the hungry gap. - (Mustard, Hearting lettuces, Salad Bowl lettuces, Mizuna Red Knight, mixed lettuce leaves, wild Rocket, Beetroot, mini Carrots Mignon, plus broad Beans and Kelvedon Wonder Peas)
I came in from the garden as it got dark, just in time to finish off the Sunday roast chicken, - the only shame being that the pigeons ate the calabrese in the snow, so it was shop bought veggies this week.
What's your ideal Sunday, - and does it involve cooking or gardening?