Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Odd apple

We collected the apples from the West Plains orchard today, in preparation for juicing them over the weekend. This one was odd.

John had a birthday...

...and we made him a cake.

Tent site

I leveled a spot under the beech trees and John and Emma pitched a tent there.

Monday, March 20, 2017

This thistle

Still waiting on the Golden Queens

I hope there's time before winter for the peaches to ripen. It's getting close!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Two beautiful creatures

March 19

Tonight, we sat around a fire under the stars. Someone played the saw. We ate smoked salmon.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Quick ciders

I filled these two demijohns with tangy apples and rainwater to make the most simple of all ciders. I popped some crimson crab apples into one bottle and am interested to know what effect they will have on the final cider; perhaps they will colour it differently. I didn't add sugar or even raisins, with the yeasts they are said to carry. I think there is enough yeast on the skins of the apples to do the trick.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Foggy start

At this time of the year, the day often begins foggily. Luckily, clear, still weather generally follows. This morning, I'm harvesting toetoe for Don and Nami's wedding. I'll wait till the fog clears and the temperature rises a little!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Look at these plums!

Aren't they astonishing! Huge, sweet, delicious (yes, I know, one's an egg; put there to show their size). We've baskets and baskets of them and still more on the trees, ripening. I've never seen a crop like it and as they swell, I fear for the branches, so huge are the fruits and numerous are they; the birds, eating at full throttle, are barely making a dent in the crop, though there are dozens of plums knocked by them onto the ground. Year of the Plum, for sure!

Thursday, March 9, 2017