Friday, January 28, 2011

Silence

equals over 200 kg blueberries picked in the past couple of weeks.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Six stages of blueberry ripening

We have the best ever blueberry crop to harvest this year.

The image gives you an idea why blueberries are perceived to be an expensive buy - although it has been pointed out to me that on a weight:cost ratio they are a lot cheaper than most junk food!.

Blueberries generally grow in bunches, similar in some ways to grapes.   Blueberries do not ripen after they have been picked - so they need to picked ripe.  A bunch of blueberries does not ripen at the same rate - these pernickety little fruit like to ripen at their own pace. Consequently, the lucky harvester spends a lot of time rummaging around a bush looking for the completely blue fruit.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Washed out

Went to Lavandula for lunch in the Ash Grove.  Quite an adventure getting into the property - the massive rains on Friday demolished the pedestrian bridge and water is still flowing at high speed over the ford.  A temporary bridge - perched on immense rocks - has been installed across the stream.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

10 times last year

180mm rain in first half of January - 10 times that received all of January 2010!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Radishes and roses



We've had the most amazing growth - no doubt due to the HUGE amount of rain fallen so far this month. Ten times the same time last year.  "Drought and flooding rains" come to mind.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The prettiest use of red cabbage


Red cabbages abound in the vegetable garden and there are many uses of the leaves:

  1. us to eat
  2. the neighbour's chickens to eat
  3. me to use for dyeing silk fabric.

The last is my favourite, followed by the second and last point one - by which statement you might have gathered that enough is enough!

I boiled red cabbage leaves, then divided the liquor in two - silk in one pan with more heat and silk in the glass jar which was left on the back verandah for solarising.  Quite different colors ensued - will post pics soon.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The house that Bob built

Lucky lucky boys have been given a Balinese hut.  Neighbour Bob built this wonder for them - and now undoubtedly we will need to wait until mid-winter before it is used.  Anything new in the orchard is cautiously checked out. In this case, during installation, it was the two steps forward one step back while gently peeping in wonder. And now it is ignored.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Produce

The beans are flowering beautifully, the onions are going to seed and the garlic has been harvested.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Making and baking

The blueberries are taunting us - large, blue and not quite ripe enough to start harvesting.  So time to do other things, like make the most delicious dried fruit, nuts and chocolate bar and microwave a loaf of bread.

Last week the oven expired, so real baking is not possible, but bread was needed.  After searching the internet (with little real worthwhile outcome) I blended all the info and microwaved a "loaf" of bread.  Recommended only as an emergency procedure!  The bread tasted fine and had mouth-feel of pudding.



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rain rain rain

Almost a week of rain, and a lot of rain at that - the tropics have moved southwards.  The blueberries are HUGE and delicious and we are bursting to pick them to satisfy our lovely customers.  But drying each blueberry - no matter how much I appreciate them (the customers and the fruit) - is not on the agenda.

Instead of working we've been dining with friends and neighbours.  Never in summer have we had so much free time! We must not complain - Queensland and northern New South Wales are under water, Western Australia is burning up, the northern hemisphere has been blanketed with snow ......