3rd April 2012

Maybe there’s a chance of rain after a glorious week or two of summer weather.

Have been taking advantage to press on with work in the garden: moving the compost heaps, constructing a ‘fedge’ that’ll take any wood that is too big to compost and too small to burn and building soft fruit bed to take gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries, to join an existing row of jostaberry bushes.

Have been inspired to do this by a visit to Bob Flowerdew’s plot in Norfolk where I interviewed him for the Telegraph (have a look on their website for the whole shebang). An extraordinary gardener and amazing eccentric, Bob didn’t disappoint. His garden is full of experiments, and labour and money saving experiments. He kindly cooked us a home reared and grown meal, including an ex member of his flock of chickens that would have been churlish to refuse – I had forgotten how good a real chicken tasted (sorry girls).

Also went to Syon House to help award prizes for friend Elspeth’s memorial competition Gardening Against the Odds, and met again the inspirational bunch of people who won from Sherborne Allotments and from Gardening Leave at Chelsea Barracks. Quiet Easter at home – gardening and decorating. Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter.