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Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

June 1st - 15th 2019

Monday 3rd June 2019 – Vine Leaves, Music Night and Village Store

Our garden provides us with a range of fruits and vegetables. Last week, I took advantage of the young leaves on our grape vines and made a batch of Greek dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) for the freezer. I use my own recipe which incorporates minced lamb, rice, dill and mint in the stuffing. I will use a few dolmades at a time, during the summer, as part of Greek mezes.

The first live music evening of the season was held on Friday in the Sports Pavilion. The weather was perfect, for those of us who don’t like too much volume, to sit outside and enjoy a drink from the bar while still being able to hear the music. The musicians changed throughout the evening, as did the era of the songs, providing a good mix. The next music evening will be on June 28th, followed by July 26th with the final event on August 30th.

Since Friday the weather has been perfect and positively hot at times. We have enjoyed breakfast in the garden and barbeques in the evening. Long may this good weather continue. We took a walk across the fields the other afternoon when Peter took advantage of the opening blooms and collected elderflower heads. These are now steeping in water and lemon juice before the addition of yeast and sugar, when the process of fermentation will commence. While he was collecting the elderflowers, I took a few photos of some of the wild flowers growing on the perimeter of the fields.

Tuesday 11th June 2019 – Wild Flowers, Garlic, Strong Winds and Rain

I am starting today’s diary entry with thanks to a villager who told us where they had seen a bee orchid. We found and photographed it, as well as two wild flowers I don’t recollect seeing before; sainfoin and yarrow broomrape.

Our garden has been full of bees enjoying not only the flower bed but pollinating the broad beans and outdoor tomatoes too. I noticed an unusual beetle on the rosemary and after my books failed to identify it, I looked online and found out they are rosemary beetles (obvious name really). They originate from southern Europe and weren’t found in Britain until the mid-1990’s. Both the larvae and adults feed on rosemary and related plants.

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