Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Farewell trees

One old cherry
One nectarine
One jack humm crab apple
One williams pear
One apple of unknown variety
One ceanothus
One willow
One olive
One mandarin
Six hawthorns

All gone in a few hours' work.
Hawthorn no more

Hawthorn repatriation

Pear and apple trees - either end of the willow sculpture

Olive and mandarin

Somewhere in the orchard - either cherry or crab apple

Friday, March 20, 2015

Orchard stuff

Large snail

See the black blob in the blue sky? That's the snail - 2m up the netting.

Huonville crab - gorgeous colour

A bit of the orchard

Difficult to photograph - high wind. Didn't deter the bees though!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Can't get enough of this hydrangea

Black cherry, cherokee purple, riesentraube, moonshot and something else - will need to check.


Sunday, January 25, 2015


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


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

"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.