Allotment 2017 Nov: Seeds of Hope

This year didn’t spend enough time on the allotment. After nearly one month when we visited it again, it was covered with grass and the first frost had frozen the runner bean and shark fin melon.

Worked very hard last two weekends on digging and tidying  up, today finally put the broad bean and garlic in. Hope it is not too late, and they are strong  enough to grow in such cold weather.



Put broad bean in and hope on 11/11/2017
Garlic – four rows 25/11/2017
Found another two shark fin melon hiding in the grass
Celery- still growing
cold and sunny day
Allotment of the year



Photo: Glow

Last week WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge had the theme of Glow Had read some posts, they are beautiful!

After  two windy days,  the sun finally came out. I went for a walk in the nearby park in the late afternoon with my camera. The time was about the Golden Hour. The light was glowing, I took some photos with my phone, when I switched on my camera, it showed no memory card!

After  back home to get it, met an old lady, she was going to walk her dog. We talked as we were walking, I didn’t take any photos with my camera! But we had a lovely chat.

Two photos from my phone, I think they match the theme very well.




Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn is on the 15th of 8th month according to Chinese lunar calendar.  It is also known as Moon Festival as at that time the moon is full and brightest.  This year it falled on 4th of October. 
One of my friends gave me a piece of moon cake, a special food for the festival. 

I took some moon photos in the garden, a park and the Embankment last couple days. The weather was not bad, clear sky with shinning stars and clouds, but chilly.

Allotment: Harvest and Progress by June

We were away for about three weeks  between April and May, a lot of works were left far behind in the allotment.  As Marilyn moved away and two ladies , our left side neighbour don’t come as often as they used to, paths and our plot are covered with tall grass.  Weeds always grow better than vegetables! It doesn’t look good. Have been working hard to catch up – cut the grass and dig…

Summary what we have harvested so far:

Garlic:  sowed in last autumn / winter. At the early April the leaves were green and looked healthy. When we were back in May , the leaves changed to yellow.  They got fungal disease,  probably called Onion white rot because of dry weather in the spring. Almost all  bulbs are rotten, just a few are eatable. Only stir fried once flower stalks.

gralic_ 2017

Broad beans: sowed in last autumn, got black bean aphid after flowering. Luckily most of pods already formed. So it is not bad.


Strawberry: didn’t cover it with netting, eaten by birds and slugs and only had left over from them.

strawberry_2017 June

Garlic chives: for some reasons it doesn’t grow well this year, still very yellow…

Progress: Gradually moved sweet corns, tomatoes, courgette, shark fin  melon etc from the green house  to the allotment between May and June. Looking forward to another harvest.

Sweet corn and shark fin melon
tomato and courgette 
Have a lovely weekend!

Rose and My First Bottle of Rose Jam

Bought this rose four years ago. At the first two years the branches were thin, and flowers were big but faced down because the branches couldn’t support them. I gave it hard pruning in spring time last two years. This year it grew back strongly. The leaves are dark green. It is full of buds and starting to bloom this week. The flowers have strong, pleasing and sweet fragrance,  it’s enjoyable to smell it. They are so beautiful that I couldn’t help taking photos of them again and again.

Yesterday I cut some of them to encourage more flowers and used the cut flowers to make rose jam. It is my first time to do it. Not sure how it tastes. My husband hopes it doesn’t taste like soap.

Drying after cleaning

Rose Jam

Trip to China 2: Visit a Public Park

People in China live in apartments in urban areas, and  they don’t have private gardens. Cities are highly populated, and there are few green spaces. Public parks are the places for them to do exercise, meet up, and also enjoy nature , especially for elderly.  They are a microcosm of Chinese culture.  The parks open all day and many traditional Chinese activities are being performed, from  Tai Chi, Mahjong, fan dancing, card-playing, to Beijing opera.

There is a public park just in front of the apartment which our family live. We went to visit it on a Saturday morning. Since it was weekend, there were more people than usual :- some children were having weekend courses, some were just enjoying to see flowers and shrubs.

Changhong Park
a public park
children with their parents on drawing class
drawing a bridge
martial arts
another park
playing cards
Have a lovely day