Friday, 16 October 2015

Just Me and the Spinach


You see so many of the 'feet' shots in blog world, but I was walking back from the polytunnel yesterday clutching the morning's harvest of Spinach leaves and as I stepped on the grass I thought 'what a wonderful collection of greens'.  My wellies, the grass and the spinach all shades of green ... my favourite colour.

I've tried lots of fancy pants wellies over the years that we've lived in the country, I never needed them when we lived in the town.  They've come from all the designer labels, I was so easily seduced by flowers, dogs, birds and pretty colours but when it comes down to it all you need is something that's waterproof, comfortable and most importantly that last.  The nice flowery wellies look beautiful and I could so easily be swayed again when I see them lined up on shelves all pristine in the shops, but when your first priority is walking dogs through wet grass, mud and occasionally sand strength of construction and durability are now the order of my day.


The green of Spinach is to me even more wonderful than the green of my boring bog standard wellies, it means vibrancy, goodness and best of all deliciousness.


Once washed and spun dry in the salad spinner it's separated out into two piles, one to go in the stayfresh bag and live in the fridge for my morning Nutriblasts and the other to be frozen as a backup for when the supply dwindles as growth slows down in the polytunnel.


Neatly organised ..... and still looking green.

Sue xx

16 comments:

  1. Yes, lots of footie shots on the blogs, I do them myself. They are fun. I am in the market for new boots for walking dogs in mud and snow, but so far, I've only found boots with a high price tag and not enough mud-and-traction protection. Yours look great and fun.

    PS: Yum on the spinach.

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  2. Love the boot shot and I agree gorgeous shades of green. I do have spotty boots mine would have cost £60 but I had them free when I subscribed to country living a year ago and i live in them daily I find them very practical as I am either walking my dogs through the fields or the woods or I am down the allotment. I couldn't have afforded them other wise. Enjoy your spinach I do love it :-) dee x

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  3. I have resorted to bog standard green wellies, having had flowers and patterns in the past. The green ones seem to last well and I'm not overly bothered what I look like as long as my feet are warm and dry!
    That spinach oozes goodness just from the vibrancy of its colour - yummy!

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  4. I too have basic builders wellies that we found in our basement when we moved in. I have tried posh and pretty ones like yourself and contemplated buying myself another more expensive pair, but many in my experience have been found wanting in the longevity department or alternatively cost nearly £100 which I just couldn't justify. I now jazz my plain ones up with some nice wellie socks I bought on eBay and they do me just fine.

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  5. Nicely camouflaged there, Sue.
    For the garden, your wellies are just fine, provided they are comfy and keep your feet dry. Now if you were going into town.... Ah, forget it. People in our village wear them all the time, even to go to church sometimes.
    Lovely crisp looking spinach too.Yum.

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  6. That spinach is huge! Amazing and I'll bet very tasty.

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  7. Ooh, I love spinach. I didn't realise it could be frozen. X

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  8. wow wonderful spinach Sue :) We never seem to have luck growing it, always bolts (sigh) what is your secret? :)

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  9. My wellies are fifteen years old,but still going strong. They have steel toecaps which were great when I worked with large animals!
    Jane x

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  10. Green is my favourite colour too. My wellies are what you would call a 'muddy' colour. I think they are pink underneath!
    xx

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  11. Spinach is such a great vegetable full of goodness. Its quite hardy and mine survived the winter in the greenhouse last year.

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  12. I have some 'pretty' wellies my friend bought me for my birthday (a very generous gift) a couple of years ago. But they are rather different to the ones you wear in the UK as I live in the Queensland heat and can I use the words 'sweaty feet' so mine are just cut off at the ankle, more like an ankle boot. They are manufactured that way, I didn't take the scissors to them! No good if I lived on a farm, but just down the allotment - perfect.
    On the subject of spinach type vegetables, I grow silver beet (or you may call it chard) and I also grow kale down at the allotment and I steam it for a few minutes, chill it quickly in the fridge and then pop it into small freezer bags to preserve the harvest. Next to gardening, preserving food is my passion, becomes a bit of a necessity too when you get the inevitable gluts.

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    1. I have some shorty wellies too, but for whatever reason I have never really gotten round to wearing them regularly. Perhaps because the temperatures are rarely high enough in this country to warrant needing them regularly, and in Summer when it gets really hot I switch to Crocs, plastic waterproof and very comfortable shoes that transition from house to outdoors very easily and can be rinsed under the tap for 'stepping in chicken poo' emergencies ;-)

      I will keep them though I will get use out of them one day,

      It seems we have very similar passions, gardening and preserving :-)

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  13. I do love my Union Jack wellies but they are pretty useless when it comes to keeping water out.

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    1. Inserts sad face :-(

      I hate leaking wellies, and in the past I've tried keeping my 'prettier' fancy pants ones even after they've developed a leak, telling myself I would only wear them in 'dry' conditions, but somehow it never worked out and after one soaking of the toes too many they usually ended up chucked on a bonfire in disgust .... they burn satisfyingly well !!

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  14. I'm like you, I have crocs for the summer time, winter crocs for the fall, and then if it's really cold in the winter we have to go to the sorels for shovelling the snow.

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