I've probably complained too hard about this year's weather. Yes, there have been huge dry spells at inconvenient moments, a preponderance of chilling winds, months of rain when we needed sun, and a positive tsunami of slugs snails weevils aphids caterpillars and other pests. However: observe the bounteous offerings of my tiny garden! Are they not shiny and delicious? I put everything bar the fruit under some chicken in a marmite (slight complexities to allow for different cooking needs of different veg elided) and softened the raspberry and the alpine strawberry with a pear for pudding. My ability to make food from dirt is, as timscience repeatedly reminds me, practically WITCHCRAFT.