OH went out into the garden and filled the brown bin - tomatoes, courgettes, squashes, cucumbers and runner beans have all been harvested now and the plants pulled up.
The runner bean plants were hiding the longest runners of the season - Mr Big of the runner world came in at 14.5 inches - or 37 cm, if you are metric like yours truly.
The pumpkin is up now as well - not as big as the last year's, but I swear it's as heavy. Either that, or I've grown more feeble since last year. Look out for the pumpkin/soup puree making frenzy come Samhain !
For lunch we had a cous-cous and Quorn salad, using up the last of the cucumbers, and one of the heads of lettuce still growing outside. I want those lettuces eaten up before the first frosts !
And I pulled up another radish and shared it out between the three of us ;o)
I made bread - chappati flour, sunflower and sesame seeds :
And used up another pack from our stash of £1 Lidl mince:
Mince and dumplings for dinner - with me trying not to add to/replace the storecupboard esesntials during STOP-tober, I found myself in quite an unfamiliar position where I had no plain flour, and just a tiny bit of self-raising left; and no suet, which is my go-to fat for dumplings (and pastry). So, the flour got padded out with semolina, and from the darkest corner of the fridge emerged a small container of fat saved from the last time I baked sausages in the oven. A bit of home-grown, home-dried oregano, a splash of water, and then there were dumplings.
And then the moment came when we had quite enough of this hard work lark, and it was time for a few moments of pure indulgence. A pot of real coffee, and a pain au chocolate each (DD got hers in early, with a mug of fruit tea).