Day 15 – Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Gardening should only ever be accompanied by nature’s soundtrack. Birds singing, the wind in the trees, the buzzing of insects. You’ll never find me in the garden with headphones on.

For the last couple of days, just before 10am one of the neighbours plays New Order’s Blue Monday loud enough for all to hear. Just the once and then nothing else. I beginning to wonder if it’s actually their alarm clock.

This American Life

This American Life

Cooking is a different matter. I love to listen to podcasts while baking. From yesterday’s playlist I can highly recommend two listens for you.

First up, the This American Life episode called Fiasco. It’s hilarious. My wife was probably wondering why I was giggling at my hot water pastry so much.

“Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so awry that normal social order collapses.”
This American Life – Fiasco

The next one to listen to is the Short Cuts episode called Storytellers. I particularly like the item where a radio producer meets up with the subject of a documentary they have made. I just love the honest exchanges between the two of them.

“A subject feedbacks back to her documentarian, a voicemail tells a story and the writer Ross Sutherland wonders how storytelling advice could save a relationship in trouble.”
Short Cuts – Storytellers

Garden update

Rhubarb

No, I haven’t buried the Flower Pot Men up to their neck in my garden. This is where the rhubarb is.

My rhubarb arrived yesterday. Today I planted it. I had some manure delivered too. So all is good. Apart from the flies.

As soon as I opened the bag they seemed to arrive from everywhere (except the bag). Even the neighbours cat came to see what the smell was.

To be honest it is well rotted, so the odour isn’t that bad, but fascinating to observe that insects (and cats) have such an acute sense of smell.

Sadly, from what I’ve read, it could be a couple of years before I can actually eat the rhubarb. They suggest you ignore the first year’s harvest. That’s going to be difficult because it’s close to the back door.

The first tiny shoots of my Salad Leaves are starting to push their way up through the soil. We plan on using these as baby leaves so they won’t need to be planted out.

I’m hoping my preformed pond will arrive tomorrow. The area is almost ready. I have great plans! I’ll share tomorrow.

Stay home and stay safe.

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