The sky is bright blue today .. a fringe of cloud puffs dot the horizon. It is hot and humid, but there is a good breeze which is doing a splendid job of banging the blind against the open window .. I’m ensconced upstairs in the garage.
This is the time of year that the wildlife enjoys spending time in the orchard – their summer supermarket.
There are those furry critters that visit in the dark of night scampering up trees, greedily biting into unripe fruit or snapping branches that are laden. I’m sure they hurl down fruit to their buddies waiting below. Then there are the feathered daytime visitors who are quite blasé about their indulgence.
Caught in the act!
Without surprise my lunch today was stewed plums, the fact that many of them weren’t exactly ripe when cooked is irrelevant, they were topped with a rather delicious yoghurt making an interesting tart combination. It appears that I am single handedly endeavouring to freeze, eat or giveaway our fruit.
Then there is the garden …
- why did I plant around 30 bean plants, what was I thinking!
- the cucumbers and zucchinis are machines, I’m making pickle tonight (pics to come)
- for some strange reason the sunflowers are shorter than the corn which is now showing off its tassels
- the self seeded pumpkin or whatever it is, should never have been left to grow!
- I have fennel which needs to be picked and sliced into a salad with red onion and orange segments
- it seems I have become a vegetarian indulging in the odd salmon meal
- I’m blanching and freezing things (go girl)
- my garden is a mass of sassy flowers in a variety of gorgeous hues
- I have become adept at squishing copulating green shield beetles
- oh and then there are the chooks … who are happily laying about 10 eggs per day
Purple king beans
Proof of hard work!
Thanks so much to all you wonderful friends and bloggers who left such lovely get well wishes for Bill. Your kind words meant a great deal to him. Needless to say, I miss him and hubby, the kitchen just isn’t the same without those boys.
Happy gardening and for all those in NZ, happy summer.