Eats, Walks and Bees

Well, it’s week x where x=>7? And yes, we’re all getting sick of it. At least we’re not getting sick . . . . yet. I still feel extremely anxious and there’s no way of knowing whether this time next year or next month , we’ll still be alive. Meanwhile, we plod along. Plants are growing. The sun’s out. All we seem to do is eat n drink or at least plan to eat . . .

Eats. Yes, tried a few different recipes . . . this one was down to “What do we do with all this butternut squash” (kindly delivered by the Veg Patch)- answer – Green Thai butternut squash and prawn curry with pineapple. And it was pretty good too. I think it’s a BBC Good Food recipe.
And with the rest of the huge tray of veg, we made ratatouille from scratch, excellent . . . the Prohibition whisky is optional (but not when I’m cooking)
On a walk out to the fields, we saw some small birds – Wheatears! Mr & Mrs.
obviously social distancing
And these inquisitive beasts
More eats . . . a favourite of ours (thanks to Lucia!) – “things on sticks” – here cheese, salami, olive, gherkin/silverskin onion, tomato and pepper . . . . note the new Bluestone Brewery beer Cragfast!
And the last food item – trying to vary the breakfast a bit. Take a small bit of chorizo (the one you get as a whole sausage), chop up really small, fry until brown, agitate two eggs and deliver into pan, fry black pudding and smoked bacon. Use bread to soak up the bright red goo that’s left . . . fusion food?
Back at the low tide at Aberfelin . . our dear old dog, Toby proves he’s not quite done for just yet and even goes in for a swim and ball retrieval. He’s not been too good recently, partly due to eating sheep poo! Bad dog.
Ah, yes, the bee bit. Having taken an interest into the natural world, since we’ve moved here – especially all the birds we are now seeing, we are also amazed at the abundance and variety of all the bees. They were flocking to the lungwort (pulminaria), which has gone over now and so have been visiting the Granny Bonnets (aqualegia or columbine). They are also all over the berberis….there are 250 species …so some studying is required and I’ve dsicovered it’s very hard to make them stand still for a photo. Busy bees indeed.
How do they fly? This one is fully loaded . . .
A familiar sight of Summer for me – foxgloves, just starting to open.
the coastal path is a great carpet of flowers
Another Stonechat? Maybe the Mrs?
A Chough – always seen at this point of the walk – there must be a nest in the cliff close by