Saturday, June 3, 2017

03/06/2017 Think today's rain may have caused a problems with the cherries and rotting but we shall see. Photos before the rain started.

Maximum temperature 21C, minimum 11C.  17 km/h NE wind with 28 kmh gusts.  Rain most of the day, not measured yet, a few photos before it really started.
Rarely do I ever see Barn Swallows on the ground so this was a a special few photos for me...

As above..

as above.

Linden Tree. the leaves and flowers can be dried and used as a tea.  I have tried as I quite like it, but the flowers are full of tiny black insects that are impossible to wash out, and only shake out if I actually dry the flowers. Too much hassle!

Granny Smith

Mirabelle plums - we have 7 trees all full of fruit!  Thankfully not ready yet, so I have time to relax before sorting out the plums after the cherries

The quinces will only be ready around October, at this stage the tree is laden so we hope there are no hail storms looming in the future months.

Daisy and bug.

Young courgette plant looking healthy.

Apple an quince crumble made from fruit canned two years ago!.  We need to use up all the old 'stuff''!!

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  1. Another delightful series of photos. The Barn Swallow is a darling little bird. Wonderful shots of your orchard fruit and flowers. I have never tried quince before. Great macro of the bug on the daisy and your dessert makes me wish I had it in front of me in real time :)

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    1. Thank you Denise. We love quince, but it is a very hard fruit to cut up and cannot be eaten raw. It makes amazing jelly. The crumble was very good :-) Take care Diane

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  2. "Apple an quince crumble made from fruit canned two years ago!. We need to use up all the old 'stuff''!!"

    What a delightful "NEED"!!!!!! :-))))

    Luna Crone

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    1. You are so right and we have masses to get through including lots of frozen soups!!!!! Diane

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  3. Barn Swallows usually come to ground to gather mud for their nests. You just left a great comment on my last post and I inadvertently deleted it, Diane. if you could do it again I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!

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    1. No mud here for the swallows they were on the tar road running around catching bugs :-) Comment done (I hope) Diane

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  4. Your crumble dish looks scrumptious, Diane! And another gorgeous series of photos. And what a darling little bird! It looks as if he was posing for you. :)

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    1. I cannot remember seeing the swallows down on the road before, unusual. The crumble was delicious. Bonne journée Diane

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  5. Yum...that apple crumble looks GREAT! I went out with my camera to catch some bugs and stuff and could not find any!! Early afternoon had them all hiding I guess!

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    1. I find if it is windy the bugs are hard to find, but you always have Dakota to fall back to for photos if no bugs a round, I do not have that luxury LOL. Keep well Diane

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  6. Send some to us. Your subsistence gardening is wonderful. Too much food is a blessing.

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    1. I wish it was that easy LOL. We will not starve for While, t'other Diane

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  7. Pretty Barn Swallow. You have a very fruitful garden. Love to see all the fruits getting ready to ripen.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, it was a very rare chance to take a photo of a swallow on the ground. I hope the fruit keeps growing and now hail storms to damage it. The grapes are already damaged form a late frost. Take care Diane

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  8. Oh, the fruit that will be ripe soon! The crumble looks delicious.

    Velva

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    1. It was a good crumble, I have never tried quince and apple together but it worked well. Hope all is well with you Diane

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  9. Really is unusual to see a swallow on the ground posing like that. Looks like in for a lot of fruit, and work at harvest time. Holding thumbs for no hail.

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    1. I have never seen them on the road before but I was lucky the camera was close at hand. Thanks we do not need hail, we have been cleaned our once before sometime ago, and also a whole load of roof tiles were broken then. I was mopping up the house in the middle of the night by torch light as the electrics went as well. Nigel was in the UK at that stage!! Take care Diane

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