Wednesday, 11 November 2015

November Records and Uncosmetic Veg!

Tuesday 10 November 2015 turned out to be a record breaker for my Ossett weather station. The overnight low temperature only fell to 15.9°C (60.6°F) making it the warmest November night I've recorded. It breaks the previous record set on 01 November 2014 which was 12.6°C or 54.7°F. Not only that but the daytime temperature went on to reach 17.9°C (64.2°F) breaking the previous highest November temperature also set on 01 November 2014 of 17.6°C (63.7°F). 
Whilst I'm on the subject of temperature records it seems there's been lots of speculation about our autumn this year being very mild. Certainly last week on Autumn Watch they seemed to mention how mild this autumn has been on numerous occasions. From my records it seems that we've missed out in Ossett. Our autumn started off fairly cool but has since improved and is now around average for end of October beginning of November.
As November has started off very mild there is every possibility that autumn in Ossett will turn out to be above average in the end. Of course it might have been very different where you live.

At this time of year warm can often mean wet and windy too but Tuesday afternoon was sunny with a blustery wind. We were out of fresh vegetables so a visit to the allotment was needed. We had a good harvesting session but as I washed the soil from our newly dug carrots and parsnips I couldn't help thinking about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Waste,which we'd watched on TV. He is trying to cut back on the amount of food thrown way for no good reason. Certainly none of our carrots or parsnips would pass the supermarkets cosmetic tests and would be consigned to being dug back into the ground.
I can assure you that won't be the case with our veggies. They may take a little bit more time to prepare than the perfectly formed carrots and parsnips on the supermarket shelves but they'll taste infinitely better. 

If you want to read more on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall War on Waste then click here.


  1. I would feel that I'd failed if our allotment veg came out looking unnaturally perfect like that in the supermarkets - I like that irregular look (and superior taste) and despise the systems promoting wholesale waste of perfectly good food.

    1. I agree completely. Wouldn't get much to eat off the allotment if we only picked perfect looking fruit and veg!


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