Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Pickled walnuts and Apples

Hello
In my last post I asked people how they kept their walnuts from the squirrels. Some suggested I pickle the unripe walnuts before the squirrel got them. Cro suggested I try some before I waste my walnuts on something I don't like and yesterday as per his suggestion, I bought some Opies pickled walnuts. Looking at them reminds me of my friend J. a district nursing sister (now retired) She always referred to the offerings (in bedpans) of her constipated patients as "pickled walnuts" !!  I can see what she means and it's rather putting me off to be honest.
 Yesterday we collected our first swarm of the year. Not large, but looking good. It swarmed onto the damson above the front greenhouse and was easily collected.
Here is David with "Bob" one of our Shared Lives guys helping him. Bob is  getting to be a good help with swarm catching. This activity is risk-assessed of course in line with Social Services policy (ahem)

 The blossom has been wonderful this year. Here are a few pics of some of our trees
The first two pictures are of our pollinator crab apples - Golden Hornet and John Downie.
This tree to the rear of the artichokes and rhubarb is "Golden Hornet"
 This is "John Downie".  These two crab apples cover the apple blossom time for all our apple trees.
Here is "Grenadier" an early cooker.
 This is one of our two " Jonogolds" with "Elstar" fanned on the fence to the left (both eaters) and "Bramley" cooker to the right.
We have more apples, but I guess that is enough for now as you are probably getting bored. But I have to show you this huge cooker/eater that is in our front garden. it is obviously very old. We sent a sample to Brogdale, who don't recognise it and say that it was probably grown from a pip many years ago and that we could name it ourselves. David calls it "Gilly's Pippin".
                                                         
David has had to start cutting the paddock today. Those five little lambs certainly can't keep it down and it is getting too long for them. this one cut should be sufficient as the lambs grow. The biggest problem is getting rid of the cuttings, which if left in a huge heap, becomes a huge heap of black slime. So with the help of a friend I have been layering the cuttings between pig, chicken and rabbit muck, mole hills and some old straw. Next year this should make good compost.

Off to fetch David back from Quiz Night.
Before I go I must welcome to Judy Kiesow to the follower bar. Lovely to see you here.
Back soon
Gillx

13 comments:

  1. Has it swarmed from one of your hives or have you gained fro some-one else :-)

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    1. It was from one of our hives, that we didn't realise was so strong. The swarm will replace one of the hives we lost this winter.

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  2. I think that would put me off too although I have heard they are very nice.
    J x

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    1. I still haven't managed to put one in my mouth yet!

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  3. I put quite a bit of sugar into the pickle mix, it takes the shock away.

    My Bramley is covered with fruit this year, last year it had a rest. The others are average.

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    1. If the frost holds off we should be in for a good crop , apart from the Russet which has very few flowers on it this year.

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  4. have a lovely veggie recipe using pickled walnuts. Many meat eating friends enjoy it. they are nice with cold meats and chese. will get recipe to you.

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    1. Look forward to seeing that. Thanks Phyllis.x

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  5. Lovely photos, I would love apple trees.....and walnuts.......and bees......sigh, one day perhaps. Love the description of the walnuts, I will never look at one the same again!

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    1. One day I am sure if that is your dream.
      I have to say that the description is off-putting!

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  6. I don't think I'd care to eat those!
    But the apples, now they sound wonderful!

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    1. Will tell you how we got on with them in my next post.
      I have to say that I miss our apples now that they are finished and have to wait for autumn. Those in the shop have little taste.

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  7. Congrats on the swarm. I've just been reading about bait hives and catching swarms, Of course, I've hardly ever seen honeybees here until I got my own. Would love to catch a swarm some day. Free bees!

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