Friday 10 October 2008

Strapping Dockers, Garden Centres & Apples

It's a good thing I'm married to a strapping docker, and one who finds me amusing rather than irritating.

Unfortunately for him, removing the hedge along one side of the garden (a decision he now regrets bitterly after today) has meant that I now need countless shrubs/trees/plants to replace said hedge and soften the wall that stands there. So R has been dragged around two garden centres and then had to dig up and move several palms and a rather large tree fern for me to plant (with his help as they really were rather big).

Needless to say I've been doing the rest of the planting, thankfully I was in the mood today and the glorious weather certainly helped my raging enthusiasm. He however has left, insisting that he needed to get to work. I believe him, this time.

We still have so many apples that need eating and the children are starting to rebel as they've had apples in their lunchbox (a usual daily occurrence, so not such a bad thing), then apple crumbles, apple Gosh (sp? - apparently it's a Guernsey recipe) and are getting sick of the sight of the damn things.

I haven't done any writing today, but intend doing a bit when it gets dark and I can't do any more planting.

Right, I'd better get back out there and get a move on, I think I still have about 20 or so still to do.


HelenMWalters said...

Ooh, I feel the need to know what an Apple Gosh is. It sounds wonderful.

Amanda said...

Sound like your hubby is going to be very busy indeed. And, the weathers so lovely again. I love this type of weather :-)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

helenmh - it is rather tasty and a sort of cake made with apples (of course), suet, sugar, a cup of milk and flower with a sprinkling of soft brown sugar on the top.

annie bright - poor chap always tends to be busy, mind you he doesn't mind, thankfully.

Today was glorious, long may it last.

Beth said...

What a sweetie. Well done R for not complaining! :) Hope the planting has gone well!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

b - he is great. The planting has gone well, but my back is so sore. Serves me right for wanting it done now, now, now.

Pat Posner said...

Glad you managed to finish planting. Apple Gosh sounds delicious. How much suet? How much sugar? Do you bake in the oven or is it like jam roly-poly and wrapped in greaseproof and steamed?

Jayne said...

oh well done R - what a trooper! I'm looking forward to the photos when all your hard work is in bloom :) The apples sounded so healthy until you started on the crumble and gosh! Yummy!!!

Tamsyn Murray said...

Urgh...I'm knackered just reading this. Fancy doing my garden tomorrow?

Fiona Mackenzie. Writer said...

Feed up that docker! Apple crumble, yum:)

Anonymous said...

can I just add that debs' docker is not only strapping but also DDG!
And please please don't mention apple crumble/gosh or anything lovely ever again - I'm on a DIET... Happy planting!

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Ah yes, the apple glut - we have them rotting all over our garden. Can't give them away round here as everyone else has them too. We do eat as many as we can, but there are limits! Luckily they're good in the compost;-)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

pat - I shall do a quick post for you for the recipe, it is so tasty, though as I'm on a diet I can't have any at the mo (well, the odd mouthful of course).

mummy - he is a real trooper and is out there again now. I'll definately take pics when everthing is blooming and gorgeous.

tam - I'm in a state of collapse after all this, so I think I'll have to give your garden a miss for now:)

fiona - he can certainly eat and my son is now following suit. I didn't know blokes could manage so much food.

chris - he is rather lovely.

I'm also on a diet and it's not going badly at all, I just need to keep going for the foreseeable future. Best of luck with yours too. x

zinnia - our compost bins are pretty full too, it's been an amazing year for fruit this year.