I took the week off work to concentrate on my dissertation. Unfortunately, I’ve spent the first three days of it ill; I’ve done some work but not nearly as much as I’d hoped to. The garden is spewing out produce; does anyone want a courgette or some runner beans? Or a cabbage?

Here are some other things that are doing well: tomatoes and stripey aubergines from the greenhouse, and what I hope will be a butternut squash when it’s ripe.