Monday, 19 May 2008

New week........

Today is St Dunstan's day; born in Somerset in the 10thC, studied at Glastonbury Abbey, eventually becoming Archbishop of Canterbury. He is the patron saint of goldsmiths, with a pair of metalworker's tongs for his emblem. According to an old Devon legend, he was a keen brewer of beer (good man.......), who made a pact with the devil to ensure the destruction ofo the apple crop on which his rivals, the cider makers, depended. In exchange for his soul, the devil agreed to blight the apple blossom on 17th, 18th and 19th May, at the height of the trees' flowering.

A beautiful morning here again, looking forward to getting out in the garden later - a whole box of new plants to get in, and plant some pumpkins out on the compost heaps. All the rain and warmth has given a great start to the growing, so I hope it continues and I can keep up with it all. Pleased with the more unusual things too - coffee, cotton and rice looking good, and the wheat is now quite tall. Making a loaf from home grown wheat has been a long-held amnbition of mine. Bit of brewing today as well I hope.

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