Friday, 24 August 2018

Some fruit trees and a puppy picture

Hello All
Thank you for your thoughts on how I might sell our excess produce. I am still unsure what to do. I was excited when I heard that the local council has an open market produce day at the end of next month, but the stalls are £35 !!
Anyway there is still time to decide. In the meantime I will try to improve our roadside signs and carry on processing what I can. This is taking up a huge amount of time, but it would be criminal to let anything go to waste.
The fruit trees are exceptional this year.
 Here is one of our twelve apple trees, a Bramley

 And one of our two Victoria Plums (with a couple of Marjorie seedling plums hanging down in front of me like a pair of clackers - remember them?)
 One of our ten Damsons
 Our Leon Millet grape


The Medlar

And most exciting of all, for the first time...Peaches! (Red Haven)
Hope this doesn't sound like gloating, I'm just so pleased!
Extra busy weekend as twenty or so folks descend on us, most camping or caravaning with just a couple or so on the house. Copious amounts of baking etc done before hand , much by my youngest daughter and her daughter, so that we can all enjoy ourselves. This is easy peasy after the big party we had in July with well over a hundred and thirty odd tents!
I still haven't taken a picture of the new family dogs to put on the blog, perhaps I will remember to do so this weekend.
Here is one photo I DO have. This is Hattie. This was taken two months ago when she was sixteen weeks old. She is my eldest granddaughter's dog (company for her yellow Lab, Coda) Hattie, who  has a delightful personality,  is a Bernese Mountain dog and is going to be HUGE.
It is getting late so will close for now and hope you in the UK are keeping as warm as possible on this cold Bank Holiday!
Love Gillx

27 comments:

  1. Gosh...you would have to sell some stuff to cover a £35 stall charge.

    What a marvellous show of fruit you have. I was extremely proud of our apricot tree when it actually sprouted one fruit....lol....then it fell off and the birds got it. It never fruited again and is now pretty much dead and acting as a support for a climbing rose. The plum tree died just about as soon as it was planted.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Oh dear you haven't had much luck with your stone fruit have you?! Why not try again, you never know. Quince are my nemesis. grew a lovely tree with lots of fruit just one year, it then spent the next three years dying.
      Gillx

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  2. I wish I could say the same about our fruit crop. As usual the only trees to excel are the Figs and Quinces, although we have a good crop of Bramleys, and some Peaches. Next year!

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    1. We had four figs this year and our quincee has died ! Between us we could cover all fruit bases! How is your jonogold?

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  3. we have a huge crop of apples , but theyre pathetically small , i harvested a huge box of windfalls yesterday in the rain to try and avoid the plague of wasps from the fallen plums . may make the effort to go and get brambles later then construct jam or pie filling depending on motivation levels that are a tad lacking at the moment

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    1. Our brambles are just about finished. Like you we have buckets and buckets of windfalls, but some of the apples that are left are not a bad size. Hope you get your mojo back so that you can take advantage of the ots of free pickings out there is time of year.
      x

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  4. Wow, an amazing amount of fruit (and amazing amount of work to process it all!). Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. My kitchen is starting to fill with buckets of produce now, but after a lovely weekend I am now going to buckle down to the processing.

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  5. That's a huge amount of fruit - absolutely fantastic! Have a lovely weekend.
    xx

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  6. That's a goodly amount of fruit, hope you have an empty freezer or kilner jars ready and waiting and a "few" minutes to get it all ready.
    Plums here are either wasped or maggoted - plenty of pears and apples though

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    1. mmmm might find a few minutes somewhere! We have a problem with maggots in some of the plums which means I can't really sell them.
      I didn't mention that we only had four figs and seven pears!

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  7. The extended very hot weather changed our harvest this year, well done with the peaches.

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    1. Yes things are topsy turvey here too. I have never tried to grow peaches before, Derbyshire is a little too far north I thinK. This tree was a two year old I bought four years ago. I hope they taste as good as they look I suppose they might not be as sweet as we are use to.
      X

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  8. I love damsons, wished we lived closer!

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    1. I think they are a fruit that many people have not even tried, tho' they are rarely seen in the shops I suppose. I wished you lived nearer too!

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  9. Jill, if you have sloes ? Warner Edwards Gin May take them. Emma

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    1. Strangely, considering the rest of the stone fruit, no we haven't many sloes. Do they use other fruits?
      Gill

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  10. I would buy some if you weren't in Derbyshire.

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    1. I'd be happy to let you have some if you weren't in Bath!
      G

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  11. I really fancy some of those damsons - haven't tasted one in years.

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    1. Really? Do they not grow up your way? They are a very unappreciated fruit I think.
      Gillx

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  12. Oh, Red Haven is our favorite and I haven't been able to find them for a few years now! Used to buy them near Lake Chautauqua near upstate New York.

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    1. Are you in the US now? I hope they taste as good as they look!
      Good to see you here thanks for commenting
      Gill

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  13. Your fruit trees look amazing. In the past I sold blueberries. Put a sign at the top of the driveway and passersby would drive down to buy them. A few years ago I had a lot of volunteer dill in my garden. I hated to put it onto the compost heap so I called three grocery stores and asked for the produce manager. Only one was interested in buying but he has been buying my dill ever since. Since it volunteers in the garden, there is no work in growing it but I do bundle it for the convenience of the store. I sold 68 bundles at $1.75 each making my garden a profitable venture! Try your local grocers. You may be surprised that they will buy from a small grower. Lepidilla

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  14. افضل خدمات التنظيف بالدمام تجدونها مع شركة تنظيف مسابح بالاحساء شركة المثالية للتنظيف المتفوقة والمتقدمة دائما لانجتزتها وخبرتها الكبيرة التي قدمتها لعملائها بالجودة والمواصفات القياسية بالاسعار المناسبة والجودة العالية بخصومات تصل الي 50% مع الضمان للجودة

    شركة تنظيف مسابح بالدمام

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