The final trip out with our friends was to Ballindoon Friary, on the shores of Lough Arrow, just a mile away from our old farm,
We then visited our old home, a straw bale house, now stood empty for ten years, still in near perfect condition just waiting for someone to move in. Unfortunately the people we had sold the farm to found it too much like hard work and left after fourteen months. Lauren and Jason loved the place, I however have not gone inside, too many good memories, it makes me sad to think of it stood empty.
We then took them to the Knockvicar Organic community gardens, run by Laslo it is a real flag ship of organic growing. We had decided that we would not grow asparagus, however when Laslo offered us plants at a price we could not refuse we came away with six year old plants, now all we have to do is create the trench for them and we should be having our own crop in two years.
We have tried for years to freeze them but it is one crop that is not worth doing for the freezer, so it's back to the old ways,
The second sowing of French beans are also cropping well but we can probably keep up with eating them. All the beetroot has now been lifted and stored, the carrots will stay in the ground. Celery is looking very good, for us well worth doing as we use a lot of it.
It is now nearly Autumn and there is a night time chill in the air,
With the shorter evenings we are now planning next years garden, the bulb catalogues are already out, so much to choose from, but I must show some restraint as I have done a lot of seed saving and already have seedlings from this years seeds, all will need a place to be planted next spring.