Through a Glass Darkly

(this post is for Ragged Thread…)

Shetland Dark (and a stray Rocket - there's always one)

OK, so because I’m infinitely suggestible, way back in March I bought some Shetland Dark / Shetland Pink seed potatoes based on a recommendation in a comment (go on, suggest in the comments that I jump off a cliff and see what happens, I dare you). And yesterday, as they were on the critical path of a complicated manouevre involving my early potatoes, brassicas and savoy cabbages that theoretically allows me to get four rotations into three years, I dug them up – well as many of them as I could find, as they’re rather difficult to see against the soil.

They’re rather lovely, you must admit, with their ring of colour round the middle.

And best of all, exactly the right shape for chips. Well, we call them wedges, and we don’t deep fry them, but they amount to the same thing.


(yes, they’re would ideally be a photo of the finished product in this post but you know what? We just ate them instead).

10 Responses to Through a Glass Darkly

  1. Dom says:

    Erm… we.. er.. suggest you jump off a cliff? Not a very tall one mind, just in case you do, because we’d feel awful if you did and hurt yourself, but you did dare us to ask so it is kind of your own fault. Perhaps you could construct a little cliff out of the soil in the garden and jump off that one.

    On to more serious suggestions (since you seem to take requests), perhaps next year you could try Russian Giants. I love sunflowers but seem to kill them when growing them. Perhaps you’ll have more success and can share the cheery happy faces of the full grown plants and regale us of tales of how infuriating it is to shell the seeds and how you probably expend more calories getting into one than it gives you eating it.

  2. disgruntled says:

    I might give that a go (the sunflowers, not the cliff). Although don’t they require sun?

  3. Jo says:

    You could attach a parachute to the bike (so it doesn’t get hurt) and ride it off a cliff…?

  4. disgruntled says:

    nice sense of priorities there.

  5. Dom says:

    OK, yes, technically what you’d be growing is some Russian Giant Overcast-With-Drequent-Showers-flowers, but I’m sure they happy, cheery faces will brighten the one, possibly two days of glorious ‘slightly cloudy with some sun’ days you have a year. Failing that, the bike parachute idea sounds like it could be a winner.

  6. Ragged Thread says:

    Oooooh!! I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but honestly, who would have thought that The THING not only did not strangle you in your beds but would grow up to have such lovely babies !! Chuffed to bits that they came out so well !

  7. disgruntled says:

    glad you approve!

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  10. […] I remembered. Still, there’s plenty left, so perhaps some multicoloured chips to go with the Shetland Darks. Who knows, I might even manage to photograph the finished article this time before the gannets […]

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