It is too hot to do anything today, and no way will I venture up the allotment. Apart from a bit of hoeing or weeding, there is nothing that can be done in this heat, especially with the ground solid like concrete.
This morning we went to the fisherman's farm and stocked up on salmon, sea bream, sea bass, rainbow trout and smoked mackerel.
My family are here this weekend, so I think I will make salmon baked in a cous cous crust, and have it with salads and new potatoes.
I am going up the allotment later to water my neighbour's runner beans, and to let the chooks out into the meadow - at the moment their extended run which is covered at one end with a shade for about 6 feet or so, and at the other end of the run it is covered with clear plastic, and I have moved the run so that they get dappled shade that end from the trees.
I might pull up the salad things tonight or else in the morning. When picking food from an allotment or even flowers for that matter, it is best to pick first think in the morning or late evening when the plants are more turgid.
I just went out into the garden to see what the bantams are up too - they seem a bit quieter than usual.
There are lots of shady places in their pen to shelter including a big covered dustbath that is big enough for 12 bantams to lay out in.
They seem to be enjoying sunbathing!
Dilly likes playing hide and seek -
- but the others don't want to play, no matter how inventive she gets!
Have a great weekend everyone.