Orchard Update

Orchard Update

While much of Australia has been coping with devastating flooding rains, we’ve been tightening up on our use of water and closely watching nearby fires.  Rainfall for the past few months has been very minimal indeed.  The figs on our...
Indestructible Figs

Indestructible Figs

A recent marital “discussion” involved the stud rams enthusiastic “mowing” of a row in the orchard, which involved knocking over tree guards and stripping young trees of leaves, tender branches, and in one case, um, the whole trunk.  Two of the...
Old Fashioned Apricots

Old Fashioned Apricots

A friend with an orchard gave us a couple of boxes of Moorpark apricots – according to this recommended site they are mentioned in Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park as being superior to other apricot varieties in flavour, however I can’t say I...
Homegrown Christmas

Homegrown Christmas

Like many other households we have over indulged this Christmas, but some of the produce we have been indulging in has been homegrown, whether by us or by friends.  Our Christmas lunch included homegrown lamb roasted in the BBQ and marinaded with garlic and rosemary...
Apricots of Old

Apricots of Old

Our very young apricot tree has been bent under the weight of an enormous number of apricots relative to its size.  This little tree has been starved of water, blown about by gale force cold and hot winds, ignored and then finally given a little TLC in the last two...
Stud Rams

Stud Rams

We fenced off some of our front yard to try and reduce the (many) hours of mowing we were faced with every couple of weeks, and now we are able to have the stud rams in our little front paddock for some of the time.  They’re great lawn mowers and...
Windy Orchard

Windy Orchard

The wind has been blowing like mad for days now – I know we’re really over it but it seems to be happening over much of NSW.  I’m willing our little apricots on our young tree to hang on for dear life.The apples are held tighter so they look fairly...
Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up

The bugs are always tastier on the other side of the fence.  These are some of the prettier gold laced, blue laced gold, and splash wyandottes remaining after we took some to the local poultry auction.  Beautiful chooks.  We have birds from this pen and some younger...
Growth

Growth

There is activity in the orchard – each day when we go to feed our chooks we check the progress of the fruit hanging on our small trees. Fun!  And if they all fall off or the birds get them before we do, we can always head up the road to one of the local...