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Harvest Monday – June 9th, 2020

June 29, 2020

For the past several weeks, I kept telling myself I would do a Harvest Monday post again, and then I was always too tired or busy on Monday. It is rather late today already, and I wasn’t going to do it any more, but my fiancé bullied me into doing it anyway – won’t let me come to bed unless I do it.

I’m very tired, so I’m not looking up weights and stuff (I have written it down, but not in an organised way), and not checking dates on the photos, so there might be one or two that are older than a week, but anyway. There has been chard.

And peas and zucchini.

So many peas, so many zucchini.

I’m too tired to do the math, but it’s well over 1 kg zucchini, and it’s only the first week, and I’ve made a point of picking them small. And I’ve already given several away to my mother and best friend.

Also, lettuce:

The first peppers and tomatoes (and so much basil, which I failed to take pictures of)

And lots of rhubarb – I did not expect to be able to harvest this much already the year after planting them, but I’ve made cake, crumble and strawberry-rhubarb jam.

I did buy the strawberries for the jam, but we are harvesting some berries of our own, as well:

And now I’m off to bed. I’ll try for a more coherent post next time, but no promises. I’m just proud of myself for posting at all, today.

Hallstatt, part 2

June 10, 2020

I must admit, I did not actually know much about Hallstatt other than “overrun with tourists”. I had a vague awareness of “pretty houses squeezed between the mountain and the lake”, and “the Chinese built a duplicate of it for some reason” and if you’d told me about the salt mine, that would probably have sounded familiar, but I’m not sure I would have remembered it myself.

Anyway. Have some pretty houses.

Trying to remember how to blog…

June 9, 2020

I know there was a time when I just went and did things, and then I got home and blogged about them.

But for the last several years, just having the energy to do things has been a struggle, let alone to write about them.

Anyway. Spring is over once again, work is getting calmer, and the Covid lockdown is lifting here in Austria, but the borders were still mostly closed last week, so when I took a mental health day away from work, LG* and I decided to take the opportunity and visit Hallstatt.

I never expected to visit it, since it’s usually overrun by tourists, and if there is one thing I hate, it is crowded places. But now, with the borders closed, and rain on top of it, we figured it would be a good opportunity.

A lake in the foreground. In the center of the image, a small town on the lakeshore. In the background, mountains, and a cloudy sky.
First look…
Same image as before, but zoomed in more closely. A lake in the foreground. In the center of the image, a small town on the lakeshore. In the background, mountains, and a cloudy sky.
… closer…
The same picture again, zoomed in still more closely: A lake in the foreground. In the center of the image, a small town on the lakeshore. In the background, mountains, and a cloudy sky.
… and closer.

* Have I ever introduced LG here? It’s short for Leatherworks Guy, which is what I called him online when I was just getting to know him, and he is now my fiancé. So that’s your “Ivy’s life in general” update for today: I’ve been engaged for almost three months now.

Help.

July 8, 2019

This was Friday:

Today, there were seven more.

(There has also been a bit of lettuce, some berries, and a decent amount of fava beans, which were delicious, but a pain to prepare. But mostly zucchini.)

July Calendar Picture

July 1, 2019
Three lilypads and two small yellow flowers on the surface of clear, greenish water
Yellow water lily, Nuphar lutea; Plomberg, Austria; June 2018

June Calendar Picture

June 1, 2019
A roughly circular patch of lilypads and pale pink water lily flowers. Trees are putting most of the surrounding water in shadow; a narrow unshadowed stripe runs across the middle of the picture
Planten und Blomen, Hamburg, Germany; June 2015

Are Harvest Mondays Still A Thing?

May 13, 2019

I’ve been away from the garden blogging world for a while, but as I brought inside my first harvest from the new garden, I felt a strong need to take a picture and share it, like I did for so long.

A white bowl with small red radishes and a blue bowl with pea pods

I did not weigh them like I used to do, because I no longer have the time or energy to keep track of such things, but the peas were delicious with our Sunday dinner, and while I have only eaten one radish so far, it was also good.

Some googling suggests that Dave of Happy Acres is still hosting Harvest Monday – I vaguely remember him taking over from Daphne, but I can’t remember if I was still posting at the time or if I had already succumbed to the exhaustion caused by school and depression. Many of my memories of the last few years are pretty hazy for this reason – well, school has been over for a while, and the depression has let up, too, but now it’s work, work, work, and that leaves me just as exhausted and with very little time.

And so I write this on a Sunday that is rainy enough to give me a bit of free time, and I will schedule it for Monday, but it remains to be seen if I remember to head over to Happy Acres to add a link to this post…

And it also remains to be seen how many weeks or months it will be until I have time to write another post…

May Calendar Picture

May 1, 2019
A river with bright turquoise water, lined by trees. One of them hangs out over the water.
Alm river, Grünau, Austria; June 2016

April Calendar Picture

April 1, 2019
A shallow pond, surrounded by grasses/sedges; willow shrubs in the background
Oxbow pond, Traun, Austria; August 2016

March Calendar Picture

March 1, 2019
At the right edge of the picture, the outside of a castle ruin. To the left, spring-green hills, and a bit of a large river visible between them. The upper half of the picture is taken up by a cloudy sky.
Aggstein castle, Austria; April 2017