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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Early season

We've started picking cherries and blueberries. Not a lot and not for long as there is so much fruit still to ripen. The morello cherries are laden, but they can stay on for a little longer as the fruit sits well on the trees - great natural storage.  The young sweet cherries have produced the most delicious fruit.
These are the last of a very small crop of sweet peas. The eat-pea crop was v sad - half the seeds failed to germinate and the plants are small and sparse.  Talking of failure - the alliums were a disaster; garlic small and soggy, leeks "woody".  Most people around here have had similar experiences.

The igloo is filled with tomato plants, basil, eggplants, capsicums, watermelon and rockmelon. And the neighbours pots which they are saving for transplantation next year. The watermelons have taken over - it will be difficult to extract the pots when the time comes!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kara Weaves

A parcel arrived from Kara Weaves of Kerala - a bathrobe and towel

and tiny towels.

And they are tiny!  Unfortunately by the time I ordered the "pretty" colours had sold out.

The parcel was wrapped in calico and hand-sewn. The fabric smells - of India. Nice India. I like it.

"Kara is a social enterprise creating handwoven textiles at the intersection of Craft Revival, Fair-Trade and Good Design." I've bought bath towels from them before - they are light, pretty and dry very quickly.  A worthwhile investment for them and for me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bugs, blossom and new leaves



It was a little like being in Japan at sakura - wind whipped petals all over the ground.