Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A mixed bag

Brush cut under the olive trees - "grass" a metre high.

Nectarine trees struck by leaf curl.

Angelo escaped from the orchard and made his usual run to visit the neighbours.

The Bali resort has been "mended" (adapted?), using some of the previous material but different design.

Chatham Island forget me nots, azaleas, wisteria and lilacs are flowering. Gorgeous rhododendron buds about to burst out into their amazing glorious colours.

Missed the daffodils and camellias flowering. Spent camellia flowers aren't the prettiest especially as they are a reminder that it's time to prune the bushes (which are as big as trees so a cherry picker is essential equipment!)

Sowed seeds of sweet and lemon basils, san marzano tomato, black zucchini, wee pickling cukes, tomatillo purple, peppers, pomodoro corbarino, eggplant black italia.  Now have to rely on others to keep them alive while I luxuriate in hospital, again.

Christened the new Stockli raclette grill. Australian raclette is nothing like Swiss raclette - pity. Swiss raclette when heated stays delightfully runny, blending with one's chosen companion ingredients. Australian raclette turns into hard "plastic" sheets. And it's seriously expensive. Tastes fine, but doesn't behave appropriately. More experimenting necessary.

Newly sighted little robins - green/grey body with bright red heads and tails.  How do birds know about cameras?  If there's no camera in reach they sit on the fence for ages; if the camera appears they disappear in a blink.  These pics will have to do for now - shaky hands and through dirty glass window!

Just discovered - it's a red browed finch

It's lovely to be back at the farm, even if the body isn't capable of pulling its weight yet.

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