I’ve had a bad case of hay fever this week, which hasn’t been conducive to enjoying the gorgeous summer outdoors and finding inspiration for blogging. The farm is looking magnificent though. Our sunflowers have just started flowering and the grass on my walks with the dogs is waist-high in places. Not surprising that I’m struggling to breathe!
We’re expecting a full house of visitors at Vastrap this weekend with a few of my very dear friends from boarding school coming to visit with their families. We were all together last year for our 20 year school reunion and it’s always such fun catching up and spending quality time together. The last time most of them visited was before all the changes we made to the house so there is a lot to show them. On the menu amongst other things: Vastrap leg of lamb, catawba grape jelly (see recipe here), home-made vanilla ice cream and summer squash bread. My zucchini plants are still producing arm loads full of large squashes every week and I am running out of ideas of what to do with them!
The garden isn’t at its best at the moment, but there are lots of new buds on the dahlias and roses. I managed to pick a nice bucket full of flowers to fill the house with colour for the weekend. The new dahlias are stunning with much larger flowers than the ones I planted last year, but their stems are still quite short. I’ve started to pinch off some of the new buds to see if that helps to develop longer stemmed flowers. As if the hay fever is not enough I was stung by a bee on the forehead yesterday afternoon whilst picking flowers. Ouch, that really hurt!
Hope everyone has a really great weekend!