Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mad sheep, mad sheep! (don't look them in the eye!)

Hazel nut

The new hazels are producing plenty of nuts, thanks to the pollinators I was given; the secret of success, it seems! These are plump, fresh nuts that I'm looking forward to eating. One of them, anyway.


Monday, January 16, 2017


Feverfew on the window sill


We're eating a lot of this lately. We're healthy as!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

There are people picking our plums!

Christian and Bronwyn are helping us beat the birds to it. There are several days picking left in this one tree, then it's on to the others!

Folded fennel

Like a preying mantis, this "branch" of a wild fennel prepares to unfold. I've hundreds of tiny Florence fennel seedlings waiting to be potted up and later planted throughout the forest garden. Fennel's lovely to brush past as we walk about and the swollen stems of Florence fennel in particular, make great eating.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Young pears and haws

Summer's been cool down here and many fruits are behind in their development. This pear and its peers are still small and firm and these haws have a long way to go before they're ripe. However, we Southlanders are patient people and we'll wait them out. Otoh, if they fail to ripen, we'll make jelly from them :-)

Monday, January 9, 2017

The house in the forest

Summer umbels

Red and yellow

If your daughter makes you a meal featuring turmeric and beetroot, her hands will look like this!