Taking Our Minds off the Election Results

Well, we’ve had a crazy election here in the UK – we have an interesting discrepancy between the way England and Scotland have voted and we here are simultaneously elated by the historic victory in Scotland for the progressive, left-wing SNP and extremely depressed to be stuck with the Conservatives in Westminster – since (at least for now) we are still shackled to that government. Five more years of the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and astonishing numbers of people having to rely on food banks. Five more years of a government that very few people in our country actually voted for.

Aside from staying up all night to watch as the results came in on Thursday night, we have managed to take our mind off it all by doing quite a lot in the garden and polytunnel. Though it is still a bit colder than we would usually expect for this time of year, things are still surviving and thriving.

Today we have planted out lots of tomatoes and bell peppers into the polytunnel.

I tied strings between the crop bars to which we have tied the tomatoes.
I tied strings between the crop bars to which we have tied the tomatoes. There are still a few more on the windowsill which we are going to put in grow bags tomorrow.
The tomatoes and bell peppers are underplanted with a few marigolds and some basil.
The tomatoes and bell peppers are underplanted with a few marigolds and some basil.
As you can see, things are really filling up now in the polytunnel.
As you can see, things are really filling up now in the polytunnel. We have already been eating a lot of mixed salad leaves, pak choi, spinach and radishes and the peas and broad beans are in full flower. 

Things outside the tunnel are looking pretty good now too.

Peas are popping up in the vegetable bed.
Peas are popping up in the vegetable bed.
First earlies just bursting through
And the first earlies are just peeking through the soil.
The calabrese and other brassicas are coming along.
The calabrese and other brassicas are coming along.
There are flowers on the strawberry plants.
There are flowers on the strawberry plants.
As you can see, the blossom on the fruit trees seems mostly to have survived the cold.
As you can see, the blossom on the fruit trees seems mostly to have survived the cold.

Oh, and here is one of the wood burning stoves in action, complete with the hearth dragon that lives beneath it.

Dragon sleeping under wood burning stove

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