José has got bored with giving us half a dozen huge lemons at once.
The other morning Partner walked out and found a bag on the terrace. There must have been 20 lemons in there.
We have had this problem before. Instead of giving us a steady trickle of lemons, it’s all or nothing. Am I being critical about free lemons? No, obviously not.
But giving me a load all of a sudden that I can’t possibly use in a six months of Sundays is not clever.
We have had plastic crates piled high with lemons, and they go off before I can use them.
Sometimes José decides to pick a load off the tree all at once. And I mean A LOAD. Like why not pick half a dozen at once? Consistently.
Other times he decides to wait for them to fall on the floor. And picks them up. So they are bruised, and start to go mouldy and make the others mouldy too.
I can’t really talk as my lemon tree is having a bad year so I am grateful for any lemons.
Apparently his family don’t want the lemons. That, IMHO, is because they are far too busy eating nasty sweeties and burgers, and sugared yoghurt and other absolute garbage. Each to their own, though. But Partner did say, “Nada más limones ahora. Luego sí.”
José is obviously going good at the moment. I asked him about planting chillies a few days ago and he said “Now, now.” Actually, he said “Ya, ya.”
But did I get round to doing it? Of course not, too busy doing nothing.
Today he collared me. Not about chillies though. He hasn’t lived next-door to me to know that unless he appears with plants I am highly unlikely to do anything.
So he produced the coleus plantlets. Pointed out which plant pot I should use, how much compost to put in the pot, wasn’t sure about the dubious provenance of my very chic British stuff, and gave me some of his. After the coleus it was onto the basil (albahaca).
This is not large-leaved Italian stuff to stick on your mozzarella and tomato salad. No, this is tiny leaved fragrant basil grown purely for scent. Apart from in my house where it does get used for cooking. There were clearly no chillli plantlets coming from José so I chucked a few seeds in a pot from a dried chilli hanging up and we will see what happens. A good morning. I like to play in the garden.
And José so likes to tell me what to do. Although he is always secretly disappointed that he has to deal with me. He can’t understand why Partner doesn’t do the growing stuff. Here in Spain, women do the cleaning and the dross jobs. Men do the clever creative things. Dream on José but thanks for the plants and the lemons, as ever.
And just to finish. I did an alcachofa (artichoke) recipe a while back and thought I should have posted a piccy of the choke inside, and then the choke taken out. You can leave them in when the artichokes are young and there is hardly any choke, but when they are older you will end up with a mouthful of disgusting fur. At your peril.