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2010 July - A Busy Month of Being Self Reliant Coming Up!

As well as collecting and preserving the summer glut of tomatoes, peppers and what not from the garden, I have also got to get a fuel pump fixed on my car, have a Bulgarian MOT (4 wheels = pass) and renew my insurance on said vehicle. The tomatoes are preserved the traditional Bulgarian way, by making a kind of tomato puree, and sealing in jars - Not a kilner in sight, I will put the recipe on when I do the preserving later in the month. This unfortunately means slaving over a hot stove when it is 35C. Having a wood burner going in the middle of summer really does seem quite daft. I grew enough tomatoes last year to see me all through the winter and still have a few left over as the first tomatoes are turning red this year.

Salad is on the menu everyday for the next month or two, which is fine by me.

Mrs Gud Weeding the onions

I have some help weeding of the red onions, which is a never ending job, but the onions should be fully grown in a month or so. Hurrah!

First Tomato of the Year

I will be having this one for my tea tonight. I was never a real fan of tomatoes until I started to grow my own. They really are so much better when they haven't been sealed in nitrogen, sprayed, and fertilised with chemicals. (Don't believe me just try!)


Cucumbers are amazing things they can double in size overnight, if they get the right conditions, and are very refreshing in a salad, or pickled as gerkins! (Top Tip (Turkish) - One Turkish word for cucumber is HIYAR, which can also translate as Richard(Dick) Head!

Dave The Cat

One of my cats 'Dave', taking a break from sleeping, cleaning and eating. It is hard life for some!



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