Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shepherd's delight*

Sunset infused the sky with the most delicate pinks and mauves, which soon became deep orange. Bit scary in February - it was early last February we had the most terrible bushfires in Victoria.

*Red sky at night, shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.

And there's a lot more of that here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Food glorious food

A glut of wee tomatoes

and the first of the pumpkins. I planted two Japanese pumpkins and two of another variety and I can't find reference to what they were so the end result is going to be interesting. Actually, I do know which are the Japanese and they have lovely little round green fruit setting. These aren't Japanese!

We thought we'd lifted all last year's potato crop, but were proven wrong when a large stretch of spud bed leapt to life. The feral spud bed has produced like the proverbial. Can you see the weight of this one? 832g!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Much excitement

I guess it had to happen. One ant bite too many this afternoon caused anaphylaxis which provided the opportunity for a first ever ride in an ambulance! Not a full blown reaction - stopped short of bronchial and tracheal swelling, but otherwise the symptoms went went the whole hog (so to speak). Too many previous bites have caused increased sensitsation = the end of working bare footed in the orchard and the beginning of a new life with the constant companion of an epi-pen.

Here's what the critter looks like.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Morning and afternoon

Nine months after a notice was left saying that the trees would be cut back from the power line, the trimming man arrived.

And then the rain came - 13mm in 13 minutes - so much that the gutters couldn't cope and water flowed in a glorious curtain from the roof.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pride goes before a fall

Or never judge a collection of gorgeous looking apples by their outer blush?

The beautiful Alexanders have been attacked by earwigs and they have (had - they've been amended and cooked) huge holes where the creatures have made their delicious tasting homes.