Just collecting some of the things that have made me happy in the last 1-2 months as we head into the second half of 2021.
Getting my first jab has to be the best thing that has happened in a while! I also managed to move the second one a few weeks forward, initially I had to wait 12 weeks(!) and now it’s 8. Now I’m praying Europe will let us in without having to isolate after arrival.
The six sugar snaps and strawberries I grew and picked from my garden. And the first tomatillo and tomato flowers that have come through the other day. Ironically, it’s on the two plants I neglected and left outside when the weather switched from tropical Summer to rainy Summer. The ones that I protected are all little divas and haven’t done much – yet.
The new walks I’ve been doing as per my Summer wish list. So far the Three Commons just outside zone 5 has been my favourite: it felt like being in the countryside for a split second. Then there was the Greenway in East London, which is perfect for when it rains as most of the path is paved (don’t worry it’s still green), and has an abundance of elderflower trees on its sides.
Speaking of elderflower: making elderflower cordial has been another favourite thing. Also, rhubarb lemonade. Three of my Oddbox deliveries had some in it and I went for the lemonade as rhubarb crumble is not my thing.
Although the idea was to revisit my favourite ice-cream spots, I tried out a new place as well. I can highly recommend the pistachio gelato at Eataly, it’s absolutely delicious and well worthy of an extra scoop.
All the new flowers that have come out in the last few weeks. One of my local parks is just too pretty right now, so I can’t help but have to visit regularly.
Going to a Pick Your Own farm to pick strawberries! Many of the PYO farms are hard to get to by public transport + on foot, but I managed to make it to one. And then I made jam and strawberry shortcake cobbler with my little red gems (don’t tell my own strawberry plants I’m growing at home – they’ll get jealous!)