Well the rain is back, and apparently it is here to stay for the rest of the week. The good news is, I managed to get some serious weeding in during the sunny days after also having been a little slack on that front, as well as finally getting the chili peppers and aubergines in the ground and planting some borage. The courgettes have recovered as well and are flowering, so hopefully we will be getting some baby courgettes developing soon, and in the back the tomatoes have all grown several inches and the cabbages are now taking up about a third of the entire plot.
The bad news is, of my mélange of peas, broad beans, green beans and borlotti beans along the side bed fence, only the peas and broad beans (and one singular borlotti bean plant) ever came up. I had sown them all back when it was extremely dry then suddenly followed by torrential, diluvian downpours for several days in a row. I dug down gently to see what was happening with them and it looks like they had rotted instead of germinating. After my weeding and planting on Monday, I sowed anew some green beans and borlotti beans. And now of course it is pouring down again for the better part of a week, so I am afraid this round will rot again. I am glad for the rain, but if only it could come in moderate amounts!
Back when the weather was decent on the weekend, we did enjoy a lovely barbecue (sorry didn't have a chance to post on it yet). After last week's pork fest, we went for seafood at the market, coming in under budget with two lovely whole mackerel for a whopping €2.85 and 7 coquilles St Jacques (scallops) for about a euro apiece. The latter was a bit of a splurge, but even after buying some lovely poitrine fumé (smoked bacon that the butcher slices fresh for you, rather than lardons) we were a few euros under our €30 budget for the week. And they were well worth it.
We trimmed the scallops and wrapped them with the bacon, then put them on skewers, grilling them up on the barbecue with some skewers of courgette, aubergine, red pepper and spring onions (also with little bits of the leftover bacon mixed in) and served with a rice salad and tomatoes accompanying. We also did the mackerel on the grill for another meal, which was so simple yet absolutely amazing. The bad news is, however, that was all our meat/fish for the week gone before the weekend was even over! So at present we are enjoying another big lentil stew :)