Red Autumn

Goodbye autumn .. what a lovely season you were! Hello winter, not so lovely, but hey, I do enjoy wearing boots, jackets and jumpers.

Hubby does strange things from time to time – so do I btw as you will read. Last summer a potted passionfruit seedling appeared unannounced in my veg garden.Β I remember at the time thinking, why on earth would hubby buy something that is so ‘permanent’.

Well, the poor seedling stayed in the pot for awhile until I relented (which I knew I would) and yes it got planted! What made me plant it next to my bean trellis is beyond me? How bizarre. Mind you, the vine is particularly happy, clambering all over the trellis and sneakily grabbing space from the resident pea plants. Just as well it is sporting passionfruit.

All is well at our place. I have even poked garlic in the dirt again. First time in a couple of years and I’m particularly pleased. Let’s not talk about rust!

The sheep are being incredibly well behaved and staying within the confines of the electric fence. I recall saying to hubby one day, did he think the fence was working? He looked oddly at me, wondering I’m sure, if I meant for him to test it. As is usually the case though, one way or another, it is usually me that determines if it is working or not. Why I thought I could slide an empty bucket along the electric fence and not get a shock is beyond me. At least I had a good laugh at my own expense, and a good whack to go with it.

Our chickens are particularly well. I have no idea if they are enjoying winter or not, all I know is, winter means less daylight hours, which also means less eggs! Even our newbies aren’t laying. Shame on them.

My veg garden is nearly planted. The only seedlings waiting patiently now for the dirt are beetroot, spinach and rocket. And then, let the back patting begin.

All the brassicas have been planted and are happily ensconced within the confines of my two cloches. Broad beans are also in the dirt and sharing the bed with more garlic.

The quince preserving is finished and thankfully I managed to survive. My days preserving aren’t yet over though. Goodbye quince, hello citrus!

I hope you enjoy the jumble of autumn pics – my fav season without doubt. I promise next post (which hopefully won’t take so long) to provide some long overdue shots of my veg garden.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments that you left on my last post ‘Grace’.

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Happy gardening

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  1. You are starting winter and summer is underway here. Cherries are ripening, a cup of strawberries daily, tomatoes are blooming and so are the potatoes. My garlic is looking fine. Our fruit trees are loaded and our winter woodpile is huge!!!

    • How lovely to have summer underway! I can just imagine those cherries ripening and I’m very jealous about your strawberries and tomatoes! I have struggled for ages with garlic (rust) .. so good to hear that yours are looking fine! Oh well done with your woodpile! So nice to see you at Frog Pond πŸ™‚

  2. Gorgeous photos as usual Julie. Please stay away from that fence… though I suppose it provided Andrew with a good chuckle. Yes it’s working. I like the idea of the passionfruit in the vegetable garden, it will get lots of attention there and produce the best fruit too. I hope you do blog again soon as I love seeing your garden and reading your news, even though I forgot to comment last time about the passing of one of you beloved pets. My poor communication comes from reading your posts in bed. No excuse I know. Xx

    • Hi Francesca, I’ve missed you at Frog Pond! So nice to see you here. Yep fence is working .. LOL I still can’t believe I planted the passionfruit on my trellis, but you are absolutely right, it will love it there and get loads of TLC! Just don’t know where my beans will end up going … Promise to do another post again very soon – Nice to know I’m not the only one that reads posts in bed! Hugs xx

    • Hey Stephen … thank you! I really appreciate you commenting! πŸ˜€ Always great to see you here ..

  3. Time flies, and at the same time the essence of what is familiar remains. I am quite happy to see you, Julie,. The reds, goldens and blues shine as bright as they do in the light there, specially the close up of the red leaves shining like a bright and dense constellation of red stars.. Wishing you a lovely days from the other side of the winter, Julie; here is my time for my leather jackets and wool globes, and an extra blanket : )

    • Hey Francis .. Great to see you at Frog Pond. I always enjoy your visits. I love autumn, it is such a beautiful season and my favourite. Wishing you lovely days too πŸ™‚ I hope all is well for you my friend πŸ™‚

  4. Hi to you both, yes as I said woke up at usual time, and saw your blog. So once I’ve finished this, I have to get busy posting to all our friends.
    Julie Joyce and I once did a fly drive in New England (U S A), the colours were stunning mile after mile. But your autumn colours are just so beautiful, and as stunning. Well passion fruit now to deal with, I remember how big those vines grow, so how much taller are you making your trellis go?
    I really miss not being able to visit, but at least our daily face time keeps my memory alive. And at least I’m able to give you both your early morning alarm 🚨!
    Just keep taking those Beautiful photos and sharing Frog Pond with us all.
    Lots love ❀️ to you both and give my regards to all .

    • Hey Bill, glad you enjoyed the photos – I just love the colours of autumn, and Frog Pond Farm looked beautiful this year. I know, I can’t believe I have a passionfruit in my veg garden – where am I going to plant my beans πŸ™‚ Miss your visits too Mr B, really looking forward to the day when you can return. It’s wonderful being able to share Frog Pond – thanks for all your hard work! Hugs xxxx

  5. Wow, those autumn colours are spectacular! Our climate is just a tad too warm for the stunning colour shows of autumn, mind you it’s been nippier than usual so far this winter.
    Just recently I made a slow cooked lamb shank meal with quince paste. It was my first experience cooking with quince, and now I’m hooked. As much as I love the flavour, I doubt we could grow quince here in the sub-tropics. Maggie Beer makes a great quince paste though. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Joanne, aren’t autumn colours brilliant! I hadn’t thought about it being too warm for autumn displays … Quince is divine, I can just imagine how wonderful that lamb must have been with its addition. Not sure about growing in QLD .. wish you lived closer, I’d give you a box!

  6. As you know I don’t like winter but seeing your beautiful photographs could maybe change my mind. Wonderful post, Julie!

    • Hey Herman, winter really is quite mild here, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind it at all πŸ™‚Glad you enjoyed the post always lovely to see you at Frog Pond ..

  7. Such an interesting post with well captured photos. Life on a farm is filled with chores and beauty unknown to those who call cities their home. That and New Zealand climate can certainly be most appealing. Thank you for letting us share vicariously Frog Pond Farm.

    • Oh you are so right, life on the land sure does have its chores .. I know how lucky we are living here though, especially after living in the city. And yes, the climate up our way is very appealing. Today is divine πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by, I’m so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

  8. Loving the pictures as always, Julie. It’s always exciting when Bill sends on your blog. You give everyone such pleasure. Thank you! jo ward

    • Oh thank you so much Jo! Bill is amazing the way he forwards on the blog .. I’m so pleased you enjoy it πŸ˜€ Lovely to hear from you …

  9. I love all your photos! Where you live is Devine! I could never plant a winter garden here so I am enjoying the excitement of you having a winter garden. How we test electric fences here (if you want to try it—where the two wires come together, place the blade of a pocket knife. Keep you feet firmly on the ground and don’t touch any part of the fence with your body. You will get a spark or two and no jolt to yourself. If no spark there is something not working on your line. πŸ™‚ )
    Just an F.Y.I for you πŸ™‚

    • Hello Linda .. oh how wonderful to hear from you, it always is. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the photos – autumn this year was just gorgeous! And today a stunner – I’m busting to get out in my garden. Gosh, our electric fence is just a tape – I’m incredibly nervous of the wire ones. As we don’t have stock we don’t need one (thank goodness). You are amazing!

  10. Beautiful photographs Julie and the autumn colours are so gorgeous! So lovely you can preserve the fruits from the garden and we wish you and yours happy days ahead πŸ’›

    • Thank you so much πŸ˜€ As much as I grizzle, I’m sure I have inherited my parent’s love of preserving. There is something so special about being able to enjoy something that you have grown and preserved yourself. Yes we are so lucky! Always lovely seeing you here πŸ™‚

  11. This a wonderful celebration of life and nature. Best wishes to all especially my very good BBC friend and colleague Bill xxx

  12. Ah, you’ve captured the magic of Autumn and its brilliant colours well, Julie! What a delight to read what’s happening at frogpond… enjoy this beautiful season! πŸ˜€πŸ“Έ

    • Hi Iris … I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my post! It’s so good being able to share – especially the beautiful colours of autumn. Great to see you here! πŸ˜€

    • How lovely heading into summer … I hope it’s a special one for you! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the photos – ah autumn, such a showoff! πŸ˜€

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