In a vase on Monday: Pink and Purple

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After a three hour session in warm sunshine at the allotment this morning cutting back and weeding Autumn raspberries, lightly pruning my apple trees, thoroughly weeding garlic, strawberries, asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli and re-netting this last crop as I don’t want to lose it to the pigeons at this stage, not to mention ¬†superficially weeding everywhere else I was more than ready for a bowl of celeriac soup.

Accompanying my lunch was a jug of pink anemones which as regular readers (ahem!) will know have been flowering since June last year and the first purple sprouting broccoli which were probably transplanted last June from an April sowing. The newspaper, today’s Guardian, is open at a spread of paintings by Nikolai Astrup, a Norwegian artist I’ve never heard of but whose work is being exhibited at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 5 February. I adore the painting of a young woman bending down to pull rhubarb watched by her young daughter amidst a cloud of apple blossom. How lovely to discover a new artist, for me it is equal to discovering a new writer.

I was so energised to be working on the plot. I hadn’t been down since just after Christmas and was dreading this first visit in a long time. But it wasn’t too weedy despite the mild temperatures and the rain and it was indescribably wonderful to be harvesting leeks, chard and purple sprouting broccoli as well as herbs and flowers on a mild sunny January day.

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Just for Cathy I’m including a photo of the eaves room at the cottage – my eyrie. It is beautifully warm up here and I have an idea it could become my yoga studio. I don’t think I’ll be doing salute to the sun up here as head height is a bit of an issue but for stretching and relaxation I think it will be perfect.

Joining in with Cathy by posting In a vase on Monday.