Well I dropped by this morning and spoke to him. "Monday" he announced. "We start with Northdown and we could be in the Earlies by Thursday". (Earlies are 'Early Bird', one of 6 sub-varieties that make up East Kent Goldings and our preferred green hop, for it's perfume).
So it's Thursday 6th and Friday 7th for Green Hop Ale '12. If he's late, we'll have one brew in Northdown, and I'm sort of hoping he will be, just out of interest.
Early Birds, looking fine with 6 days to go.
Close up - those cones are nearly there.
The crop is looking big, though the recent windy weather has caused a little unsightly bruising on the garden edges. Vintage remains a possibility.