I will come to the soup, but first, a wander around the garden.
The apples are ripe, the cabbages and leaks are going crazy, the celery is perfect and the sweetcorn is very nearly there.
In the flower beds it is the time of the dahlia. And the sweet peas just go on and on.
It seems I am not the only one taking photographs of the flowers.
Flowers seem to be the order of the day and I spot garden designer Robert out picking Cosmos.
Robert runs his garden design business from the plant nursery he has set up at Pythouse and he is now the proud owner of a Shepherd's hut ...or rather an office - complete with wood burning stove.
It took a crane to deliver the hut into the garden - with gardener Heather telling all those around to mind the cabbages.
The rain is just starting to fall as we head inside for lunch.