I had hoped to get them to do a couple of hours weeding and then have cake as a reward, but sadly, as Beangenie was providing the cake, somehow that meant she was let off weeding duty.
As the day was deliciously warm – a real summers day, Dobby and I decided a much better use of our time was to clear out the pond. This is an annual task which I probably wouldn’t do if Dobby didn’t come and give me a hand – it is much more fun with two people swishing around knee deep in water pulling out vast clumps of gunk. Happily we found 4 small fish, which is excellent news as I thought the heron got them in the winter, sadly he did get “Lonely” our big gold fish.
For me visiting gardens and cake go hand in hand. I love to visit RHS and NGS gardens. The tea and cake is part of the whole experience. Sitting down with a cup of tea and (if the gods are kind) Coffee and Walnut cake gives me a chance to mull over what I have seen in the garden and when visiting the garden with friends, this is also a time to compare notes, as so often friends have noticed something that has completely passed me by and vise versa. When I open my garden for the NGS, cake is a really big part of the experience for my visitors. Some people in the village are disappointed that I am not opening this year, they like the fact that if the day is nice, they can walk to our house, walk around the garden, have a delicious tea and meet up with friends.
I think one of the reasons that I have stayed on the committee of our local gardening club is that one of the ladies on the committee provides wonderful cake for the meeting and (bless her) she now seems to have extra bits so I can bring them home for Shedman and second helpings for me! (yum yum).
I should perhaps point out here that one of the reasons that I enjoy cake so much is that I am rubbish at making it myself. I know that a good craftsman never blames his tools, but this winter I did have a little go at the whole baking thing. To my horror I discovered that the fact my oven doesn’t have a light really does matter when you are baking. That the temperature is 30 degrees below what it says on the dial and the difference between the top and bottom shelf, even though it is a fan oven is also 30 degrees …. needless to say, my little foray into cake making didn’t last long.
So because I love cake, and am rubbish at making them, I will do (almost) anything for cake, especially when it goes hand in hand with something garden related.
(You will no doubt notice that the garden is looking very wild and woolly but the tea was lovely, thanks to Dobby for the muffins and Beangenie for the chocolate cake)