A DAY OF FIRSTS…

A DAY OF FIRSTS…

Even the butterflies wanted to get a piece of Brent Eleigh’s delicious produce today. I was picking these wonderful russet apples when I caught sight of this Red Admiral basking on a windfall. She wasn’t alone and I can’t blame her – although these apples have a dullish matte skin (unlike a shiny cox or bramley) the flavour is incredible! My first harvest of many. Hundreds of hours of sun and rain to produce these special Brent Eleigh apples, each one a small miracle.

We had the first frost last night and this morning arriving at BE was breathtaking, a peach sky melting into strong blue. After a quick trip to buy our first tools for the project, Adrian and I lit our bonfires. The smoke rose gently from each side of the walled garden all day as we went about our other tasks.

Perhaps the highest point of the day was discovering that the tap next to the polytunnels had merely been turned off and was not broken. Alright, the tap itself needs fixing to direct the flow of water, but the water itself was pure. I almost ran to the peach house and started washing panes. Sunlight flooded in. These simple things are why I love gardening.
Frosty Walled Garden

Above: the first frost being burned off by dawn sun, turning our shelter belt into bonfire colours…

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