Well wouldn’t you bee angry too? I can see some of the beehives from the house. I am always keeping an eye on the hives checking all is well. In the summer it is always useful to look out at midday to make sure they are not swarming. Everyone had been warning us about...Continue reading
While renovating our property, we have dug up a lot of ‘treasure’, junk and rubbish. Mentioned in my previous article were the hand pumps , but probably the most fragile and delicate has been antique bottles. I think it is the age of the bottles, and that they were not mass produced by mechanised...Continue reading
Seeing mistletoe in the shops at Christmas reminded me of some mistletoe I grew a few years ago. When I moved from my previous house, the mistletoe had sprouted on an apple tree I had seeded. However, I was not there long enough to see it grow any bigger than a few leaves. With...Continue reading
We’ve picked the squash and pumpkins and put them all away in the store. We had our first frost last night. Even though I had picked them all and brought them up to the house, they needed washing. Today was cold, but warm, so this morning I washed them all and this afternoon put...Continue reading
Not sure if I have said before, but we have planted up a corner in one of the fields with Christmas trees! 100 were planted 5 years ago, followed by another 100 then another 100. So in theory we should have 300 Christmas trees growing away! Hmmm if only. Unfortunately, I bit off more...Continue reading
As we move toward the end of October, the weather has been quite beautiful over the last couple of days. When I checked the walnuts a week ago, they showed no signs of emerging from their green shiny casing. Cracking up This week there had been a transformation, the husks had all split and...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
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?...