It’s really getting scorching over here now. Which is lovely -growing up in England you learn quite quickly to make to the most of it if it’s not raining- and it’s making the garden steam ahead but it does make it trickier to keep up with it all. The grass is the main point of contention, it seems to grow as soon as my back is turned at a rate that feels insurmountable.  And after our strange bout of hail in June the oidio (mildew) problem is in full force with the vines needing natural sulphur copper solution regularly.

The vegetables however are having a great time. The aubergines are a particular triumph this year. We are making agrodolce, a traditional sweet (dolce) and sour (agro) sauce to preserve aubergines in jars with fennel. And beginning to lay out the logs to dry in preparation for the winter. Right now however the thought of a roaring log fire does not entice.