Friday, 25 April 2014

Grapes Galore - And New Vines

We are fortunate that grapes grow easily here.  We often have bumper crops and the local children readily take up our offer to come and help themselves!  On a sunny Autumn day it is one of life's pleasures to gobble down the sweet, juicy bunches straight off the vines.


 




In the early morning mist a spider weaves her strands along the vines and they catch the gossamer blowing in the wind.


 




Dad decided to take cuttings and start more vines.




I love the leaves of the grapes.




 In Autumn the leaves are beautiful as they change with the season.  This vine grows over a gate.

 Crunch, crunch!

 The changing yellow leaves glow under a beautiful, clear blue, autumnal sky.








Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Old Orchard


My grandfather planted an orchard back in the 1940's and 1950's and some of those trees are still thriving today.  Our food producing trees include apples, pears, peaches, walnuts and feijoas.

 The Apples. 
















The Elderberries.  They grow like weeds around here.   My father absolutely loathes them!


The Pears.



 The bees like to get drunk on the fermenting pears which fall on the ground!








The Walnuts. I love how the leaves of the walnut tree look in the Spring and Autumn when the light shines through them and makes the branches look like stained glass windows.

 
 
 

The Edible Garden

Sun comes up!


Some old planter boxes under the oak tree


Leek flower, such a pretty shade of pink!


The old watering can has been here many a year.


 A bumblebee on a courgette flower
 

Courgette flowers.

 




 

Some of the hens enjoy some fresh silver beet





Red Beet





Red beet, cooked to start beetroot chutney


Leaves on the bay tree

“The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things, of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings".


Pumpkin flower.

Marigolds  border a tomato patch.


Bean flowers.




New potatoes.


Fresh tomatoes in the morning sun.



Tomato flowers


A self sown sunflower.  Dad is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.  The sunflower is a lot taller!


Three more cauliflowers to be blanched and frozen. There were over forty this year.  It was a lot of blanching and freezing when most of them were pretty big!




The honeybees love the leek flowers and I love the honeybees.


Broccoli flowers


More cucumber pickles coming up!

Potato flowers.


Potato flowers.


Sunflower seeds.


Beans hanging on a fence


A sweet honeybee on a leek flower


Broccoli



Mmmmm, fresh strawberries.


Bridie the Collie peers across the rhubarb.


And speaking of rhubarb, it's delicious!



 

Dandelions and their flowers abound.


Great balls of leek flowers!


An apple cucumber growing up a trellis


 The Meeting Place.

 


  The bumblebees love the sunflowers.




The Good Earth


Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves......





Dad poses at the end of the block of sweetcorn.


The giant sunflower's head hangs heavy in late Summer

A cucumber flower


Self sown potatoes and squash grow wild in a compost heap

A view along the main potato patch.  Some broad beans have grown tall and straggly down the end.

A self sown pumpkin starts to run away.

Silverbeet

Broad beans, so prolific and so good to eat young and sliced like green beans or podded when they are large enough.    They freeze very well too.
 

 And it's so easy to keep the seed for next time.