A BLOG ON SELF RELIANCE. LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IN NORTH DEVON
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It was the Autumn equinox yesterday. The bumble bees and other insects are still out and about doing their late year foraging and building up stores for winter. Verbena bonariensis, seems to be a really good flower for pollinating insects. It continually flowers from mid summer all the way through to late autumn. The...Continue reading
Caught Mr Fox on camera! But still not caught him in the trap! I have been far more diligent about putting everyone to bed since we lost Mrs Goose back at the end of July. Fortunately, we have had no more casualties. However, the Fox was eating the chicken food (I caught it on...Continue reading
Just picked my nuts! Well Hazel nuts, the Walnuts will come later in the year. I have planted up a little nuttery (an orchard where nuts are grown) in one corner of our field with cultivated varieties of nuts. Currently Walnuts, Hazel Nuts and Horse Chestnuts. These being my favorite, I probably won’t plant...Continue reading
So the nectarine jam was not what I would consider a success. I thought it might produce a jam similar to apricot, but it just didn’t have the flavour. The jam tasted sweet with a slight hint of a peachy nectarine flavour. In my opinion, it would have been nicer with a higher acidity....Continue reading
Oh baby, yes it can be done and produces a tasty jam. Nectarine jam is a reality. Made from Nectarines grown in Devon, UK. Tasty, I’ll put the recipe in the website sion....
If you remember a couple of months ago, I was picking peaches, nectarines and then apricots. Now we are harvesting plums and late nectarines. The trouble is, this year I am inundated with nectarines, after all there are inly so many you can eat. What else can you use them for? Last night I...Continue reading
WARNING: This blog entry contains some pictures readers may not like. As usual, I went out last night to lock the animals away at dusk. The chickens always go back to their coup, to roost, so it is just a case of shutting the door. The dog lets me know if there is a...Continue reading
We are in full summer now, flowers blooming all over the place and the bees are busy. This glorious picture, nicely summarises some of the glorious flowers in bloom at the moment....
Just picked al the apricots, and a few nectarines and peaches. I’m going to keep a few for eating. Try freezing some, drying some and best of all making apricot jam this weekend! Yum, what does apricot jam remind you of?...
We have probably grown too many sweet peas this year (if you can have too many). The seed was selected for scent and even though the flowers are mostly varying forms of white, the scent is amazing. Dotted around the house and in the vegetable garden (where they are growing), the perfume is amazing,...Continue reading