We seem to have a glut of tomatoes and not a single fruit has set yet. I don’t think I should have taken those cuttings – if they all take, I’ll have 22 plants and there are only two of us. A lot more tomato relish, I think. Wince the gardener cleared out the end greenhouse for me today (as you know, I’m terribly lazy and hadn’t weeded) and I’ve put out the ones I bought, plus three more that I grew from seed. There’s still room for four or five, but the rest will have to go outside. There is room, but I’ve run out of canes, nearly. I’ll have to scout around to find something they can be tied to.
Wince also cleared away the swiss chard plants that had overwintered, so I picked some young leaves and stalks first. It is a splendid vegetable to grow from seed – the leaves can be used as spinach, but they don’t shrink down so much, and the stalks are a vegetable in their own right. And the first of this year’s crop will be pickable in another couple of weeks, so they will go pretty well all year, though you can only pick in winter if you’ve got them covered over.
Back to the footpath – Blue Witch left a helpful comment, which I passed on to my friend. He’s replied, Norfolk County Council doesn’t deny that it’s a right of way, but they are keen to emphasise that it’s a “permissible path.” They can’t have that. If it’s a right of way, that’s over and above a path used by permission. And the quoted prices are highly suspect too. Trying to claim that removing the old bridge will cost £20,000 is overstating it, but not by that much. A new footbridge would cost a few thousand. So they’re trying to justify not doing the job on the grounds that better foundations will cost over a quarter of a million pounds? You can build a house for less. Something is rotten in the state of Norfolk.