Of course, actually having a summer would help enormously. We had no summer. One or two weeks doesn't count. Just ask our farmers. But then, too much summer doesn't count either. Ask the American farmers.
However, the tomatoes finally made an effort and produced the goods, and I have loads to still cook and freeze. And I now know that the place to grow my squash is down at the allotment. They LOVE to ramble all over the place and I have never had so many before. They keep as they are, so no need to ponder storage at least. Storage. Always an issue.
I am like a mother hen, you see. My family will all be here for Christmas this year, and I keep seeing things to feed them on offer, and I keep thinking - just make and freeze a, b, c, and then I realise storage is the constant roadblock in my plans to creatively feather the nest, so to speak. Mums need to be prepared. Well, this Mum does. I want to be able to spend time playing, chatting and baking with them all, instead of masterminding menus. Having some meals in the freezer will be hugely helpful. I will Make A Plan.
And now I am off to a party - My dear friend, Julia and her husband are off to live in France soon.
"How to" Corner: Changing a machine needle.
Before I forget, Bookworm, just beside the needle on your machine, there will be a little wheel to the right of the needle as you look at it. Hold on to the broken needle with your left hand and turn the the little wheel towards you - anti-clockwise. The needle will drop out. Try not to let it drop into the machine! Then take a new needle size 80 or 90 is fine for ordinary sewing, and pop it up the hole with your left hand with the FLAT side at the back. Then fasten it in place by turning the little wheel the other way till tight. Righty tighty lefty loosey, as Geoff used to say.
I break needles all the time. Another excellent thing to remember is to change the needle when ever you start a new project. I am appalling at this. I keep meaning to change, but you will notice a huge difference if you do change it. I have written myself a reminder.