The hot dry winds have returned. The gusts are really incredible making it difficult to work outside. Our straw hats are tied so tightly that they look quite strange on our heads. Our garden is a little more sheltered than other parts of the property. Walking down to the dam to start the water pumps you get a feel for the full force of the gusts.
The vineyard gets a water as the drip nozzles are low to the ground and little affected by the wind. All else will have to wait until the winds die down. And of the course the southerly change arrives and still no watering will occur. Will have to wait until the early hours of the morning.
Still we manage a little work in the garden harvesting Rocket seed and removing those plants. The Fennel is going to seed as is the Celery. All but two of each is removed for to the compost. I will run them through the mulcher first.
Surprisingly only a few exclusion bags get blown off but those usually have the fruit and limb still inside.
We adjourn early to the respite of the kitchen and start to prepare an early dinner and also do a little reading. Jean is making a complex coleslaw from Yotam Ottolenghi's book "Plenty" which takes a little time to put together. We start with Camembert, fresh Carrot slices and sourdough biscuits. The biscuits are so much nicer but you can feel the raw Carrot doing you good. The last of the Broad Beans are picked and pulverised with Garlic, Lime, a little salt and pepper and EVOO and served on toasted sourdough. Then the main course of meat or fish (depending on your vegetarianism) with Coleslaw and a medley of vegetables (Potato, Pumpkin, Onion and Sweet Potato) roasted and served with a lime sauce also from "Plenty". And a little leftover salad. All served with our 2013 Pinot. Even though the Summer vegetables are not ready there is still lots in the garden to make a nourishing meal.