I think I've galvanized husband into action, at last. He had already planted 4 tomatoes (1 of which died from lack of watering, I think) 4 courgettes (ditto!), Charlotte potatoes and some leeks, but had done next to nothing else. Yesterday when we got back from the garden centre, he got straight on with cutting back the very overgrown hedges, good for him, he's not finished yet but will do today, hopefully. I know he gets puffed out when doing lots of physical work, but have told him that he doesn't need to go at it like a bull in a china shop, he should take regular breathers. Even if he just does 1 hour a day, he'll soon get things done, but he does need to do it regularly every fine day. We're not going out in the car much now, unless we have to, because of the ridiculously high fuel prices, so he's got plenty of time.
At the garden centre we got another 2 tomatoes, 3 mini cucumbers, a pot of one dozen runner beans (I looked through all the pots and chose one that actually had 15 plants in it) and another yellow courgette. One of the neighbours gave us a dozen beetroot plants that he had left over. Husband has now sown some more beetroot seeds and some carrot seeds. We've also got a trough of cut and come again salad leaves, both here in the front garden and at the caravan, where I've also sown a small trough of radishes, and we have 2 cherry tomato plants there at the van as well. So I'm now happy that we have plenty of veg to come.
Although we will be spending a lot of time at the caravan (we're off there again later this week, just for 3 or 4 days), it's no bother to come home once a week if we're staying at the van for a week or two. So we can water the veggies and soft fruits and pick whatever's ready, and I can do a quick wash load and take it back to the van. I have a small rotary line there so the washing can be pegged out. I've decided that if and when my tumble dryer packs up (it does make quite a lot of noise, so I don't suppose it'll last much longer), I'm not going to get it repaired or replaced - it's already been repaired under warranty once, the warranty has now expired. In view of the massive surge in energy prices, it's just too expensive to use.
I made lamb & mint burgers yesterday for dinner, they're so much nicer than bought ones. I also made a week's worth of dog food. I've got a bit of pastry left over in the freezer, so might make some cheese biscuits or straws with that today.....there's also some leftover bread so could make a bread pudding as a treat for husband for his hard work in the garden, he loves bread pud.