(Damien Hirst)I was hitching in France when I did the vendange. And an estate car, a Citroen of some kind, pulled up with the whole family in. I couldn't speak French and they couldn't speak English. And there was no way I could fit into the fucking car, I don't know if you've ever tried hitching in France, but you can never get a lift; it's impossible. Anyway, this car pulled up and it had, like, mum, dad, kids, grandparents- the whole family. fucking packed. And they leaned out of the car and said things to me in French, and I spoke things back to them in English. And in the end they gave me a tomato. Just handed me a tomato out of the fucking car. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever got given in my life. They didn't pull up to give me a lift. I didn't know what the fuck was going on. But they gave me this tomato. And they drove off. And I was left on the side of the road with a tomato. What was going on there? If they'd give me a can of Coke, I would've thought, thank you, and I would have drunk it, and it would have been fine; I wouldn't have been thirsty any more. But they gave me a tomato. I swear to you. The most delicious thing I ever tasted.
Quick update. Tom is now 45 inches tall and has 18 flowers in groups of 6, with another 6 beginning to grow. I have been advised to nip bits off, but think I need a friend to do this, as I am too soft hearted to commit such butchery to my plant. (Also, I haven't got a clue what I'm doing)
I'm really sorry to say, to tell you all, of a series of unhappy times for my tomato; Bethnal Green. Despite possibly being more at home in a green house; I think Bethnal Green got overheated, dried out and sun burnt in the hot weather a few weeks ago, whilst sitting on his windowsill. He developed a flurry of yellow patches on many of his leaves on his left side. Then, again falling, quite literally, prey to the elements, he was blown off his window sill when the wind changed direction; turning to the West. His main stem was snapped at at middle, and it proved too much, and he quickly turned brown.