I'm still getting a hang of this tweeting business. Southport Flower Show tweeted this afternoon, or strictly retweeted, the advice for allotment holders published in the Observer this weekend. Now I take the view that most advice published on such topics in our national newspapers is aimed at the SE of England so the suggestion that I should do this or that is usually a tad early. I was browsing round a second hand book shop the other day and I came across the first volume of Gladstone's diaries which cover the period1825-1832. He was living in what today is Sefton and he notes in one of his first entries on 3rd August 1825:
'weather rainy. This country not near so burnt up as in the south-crops not so generally ripe'
And so it proves today 185 years late, it is still raining and my beans are not yet ready for harvesting. But I did pop in to the allotment and get a few French beans for tea. As the Observer says: