Monday, February 20, 2017

Aeriel view - the railway hut

The Fuchsia Fairy

Her costume, at least, hanging on the back of a chair, waiting for a child to wriggle inside it, in preparation for the Harvest Festival. We expect to have flower fairies galore over the weekend of the festival, with several sewing machine-capable festival committee members creating beautiful costumes like this one made by Robyn many years ago, for Hollie to wear.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Do Amanita mean autumn?

These toadstools seem autumnal. This one appeared yesterday and swelled to maturity today. Surely it's not autumn already! Tell me it isn't. We haven't had summer yet!

The yellow plums are coming in

The Coe's Golden Drop tree is laden to branch-cracking and the plums are swelling every day, so we've given a couple of the most heavily-laden branches a good shake - and here's what came tumbling down! They will continue to ripen in the baskets till they are a rich yellow, soft and sweet and we'll bottle as many of them as we can. We shook apples too, from the Worster Pearmain, as the birds were beginning to peck holes in them.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A couple of posts in my garden

The Worsterberries are ready

But the black skinned peaches aren't yet.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nasturtium throttles it's own flower or Marabou stork battles python

Black mushroom

Tunnelhouse progress

We're relocating and refurbishing a big tunnelhouse and we've reached this stage. The rainbow can be regarded as a blessing for the project, while the rain that accompanied it could be thought of as a hindrance. Both of these will pass :-)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Curious cloud formation

These 5 sylphs drifted lazily across our southern sky this afternoon. They reminded me of caligraphy, Japanese maybe, or Arabic.

Grape meets Manchurian gooseberry

These plums

Growing on a tree given to us in our first year here in our Riverton forest garden, these plums failed to appear until this year, at which point they appeared en masse and in full delicious mode. My daughter, Hollie arranged for the harvesting (her mum and dad did the hard graft) and created this lovely dessert to feature the very sweet and tasty plums and we dutifully ate it all up!