The word ‘abundance’ may not have a place in summer 2012 but finally ripe fruits are flowing from the glasshouse. Actually more of a trickle than a flow, but a daily trickle at least.
The sweet cherry tomatoes are more plentiful so far than the larger varieties which need longer to ripen. The sweet pepper variety ‘Lipstick’ is the star of the pepper pots, along with the Hungarian wax pepper. Unfortunately the writing has worn off the label for the pale pepper (right of picture) but as they are uninspiring to look at and bland to taste we won’t seek them out again anyway. We have named them the ‘Pilly-wally Pepper.’
Roast tomatoes on toast for tea…
Sky a dull blue, temp 19c.
Time for G&T
Well a cheeky grasshopper actually that keeps appearing around the High Bank borders, but what a good excuse to stop and admire this enchanting rose, a new arrival to High Bank. ‘The Lark Ascending’ is a new rose this year, a vigorous grower with soft apricot petals, a yellow tinge at the base of the petal give the appearance that the flower is lit from within. Quite stunning and a showpiece for the High Bank mixed borders. It is a David Austin English Rose, David Austin is tucked away at the easterly edge of Shropshire and a must visit for any rose lover. Not only the best selection of English Roses anywhere but rose gardens that are free to enter and a joy to get romantically lost in.
Sky blue, grey, blue, grey… Temp 18c.
Time for G&T
Driving almost anywhere in South Shropshire is a pleasurable activity, on quiet winding roads through relentlessly beautiful, pastoral landscape. The rolling hills reveal distant vistas of honey-yellow fields, soft woodland and Lancelot Brown style estates of grand specimen trees. These are quintessentially English scenes and seem to run endlessly in every direction.
Some of the vistas at the southern most end of the county suggest the landscape of Tuscany, lush and open with the lines of tall flexing Poplars resembling the Southern Cypresses. This might sound like wistful dreaming but I am not the first to observe it. In E.M. Forster’s ‘Room with a view’ the character Charlotte Bartlett states that the romantic Italian landscape reminds her of holidaying in Shropshire.
The lack of fanfare is part of Shropshire’s charm, effortless and unassuming and neglected of the attention focused on other parts of the country. A sense of space and calm, this escape from traffic and crowds frees the mind. It is a treasure-trove of a landscape and one enjoyed by guests at High Bank Holiday Cottage. It is the land for walkers, romantics and dreamers.
Sky blue with fast clouds, temp 17c.
Time for G&T.