Friday, March 20, 2015

Orchard stuff

Large snail

See the black blob in the blue sky? That's the snail - 2m up the netting.

Huonville crab - gorgeous colour

A bit of the orchard

Difficult to photograph - high wind. Didn't deter the bees though!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Colour

Can't get enough of this hydrangea

Black cherry, cherokee purple, riesentraube, moonshot and something else - will need to check.



Yarrow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Whopper




Can you read the weight?! A purple cherokee tomato weighing in at 856g. It was picked because it was sitting on the ground - a target for demolition by someone other than the resident humans. Wonder how big it might have grown if it had been left.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Disaster

Warning: don't ever wander off while making jam. Lemon verbena and blueberry jam - found here.  Lemons finely sliced, simmering gently in slightly sugared water - when people came buying blueberries, and wanted a tour of the property.  Noses starting twitching when we got back to the house - the lemon slices had caramelised to disaster status and now elbow grease has to be applied liberally to the pan!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

32C - can't work but can photograph

It's way too hot to be picking blueberries.  So some pics are in order.  I am constantly amazed at how good iPad photos are.
Bees love this hydrangea

An amazing magnolia. This is the second flower.

Can you see me?


Sunday, January 18, 2015

A bit of a list

Robert Macfarlane - The Old Ways - a journey on foot.  Fabulous book. Which includes the Spanish saying - "To walk is to gather treasure!" Dust jacket says: " ... the book folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature." Halfway through - it feels like a book that could/should be read again.

Especially note, from Robert Macfarlane's book,
Miguel Ángel Blanco. Biblioteca del Bosque
http://www.bibliotecadelbosque.net/

"Bees of the Invisible", essay in Artesian journal by Vaclav Cilek. Similar subject to above. Unfortunately no longer available to buy, so will have to scout further.

Myrrh - very good for treatment of oral issues.

Liquid metal batteries - http://www.ambri.com/

Blueberries ripening rapidly and sales again to the point of picking, packing, selling.  Literally queues to buy - nice, but pressure.