Monday, May 27, 2013

Very different ponds of water

Saw Monet's Garden at the National Gallery this morning.  Some work exquisite, all interesting to see the degradation of Monet's sight and - maybe - old age?

In the federation forecourt is an installation called clinamen by acoustic artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot.  Gorgeous to look at, pitch clear sound and just plain clever.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A touch of sun


Photographed through a glass darkly - otherwise they wouldn't have stayed.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

This year's number one lesson?

Do not put your gigantic zucchini and pumpkins in the coolroom.  They catch all manner of diseases as a result.




Remember what it looked like freshly picked?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Backyard pics

These were taken on the ipad.
Autumn chestnut

Little rays of sunshine

Roses still flowering

Salvia

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Apples and quinces

This year has seen all (four) quince trees producing prolifically. Apparently there is a shortage of quinces generally, and we are getting lots of comments about how prolific the trees appear.


Different apple trees have fruited this year. Roundway magnum bonum and King of Tompkins County especially.
King of Tompkins and cydonia oblonga (quince)

King of Tompkins

Roundway magnum bonum

Roundway magnum bonum
King of Tompkins County is a large, crimson-striped, juicy and sweet apple with a greasy skin.  It is highly prized for sauce- and pie-making due to its overall flavour.

Roundway magnum bonum is an old Wiltshire apple that you might consider if you are interested in historic varieties. It is large, prominently ribbed, slightly flushed with a little russet and a remarkable and distinct pear-like taste. Best eaten fresh as it seems to lose its flavour when cooked.  Raised by Mr Joy, head gardener at Roundway Park, near Devizes, it was first brought to public notice in 1864.