Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fruits galore

I've been up to my armpits again in plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. The figs are on their way and....look.....the grapes are swelling nicely.

There are bags of blanched fruit, fruit in syrup and stewed fruit in the freezer.

Not only this, but much work had to be done inside and outside the house to remedy the damage done following a long wet winter. The inside has been repainted, everything cleaned and polished when put back and now D is starting on the exterior. A retired couple's work is never done.
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6 comments:

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Lovely!

Jan said...

Your last sentence is so very true! Those grapes look gorgeous.

Sue Swift said...

Such a tough life, retirement. My heart bleeds for you ... :) My husband has just the same problem. Do I need something done in the house? he'll have to look in his diary and see if he can fit it in in the next week or so...

Can't wait to join you all!

Lanie said...

Your grapes look beautiful! I have been thinking of planting a grapevine - and this has made my mind up! Being in Sydney Australia, I have to choose a species that doesn't mind the humidity..thanks for the inspiration.
Lanie
http://edibleurbangarden.blogspot.com/

LadyLuz said...

Hi Lanie

I wish you luck if you plant a vine. Humidity can play havoc with grapes as they like it hot and dry. We find we have to puff sulphur powder or Bordeaux mixture (as for potatoes) when the air has been moist or we get mildew.

We've successfully dried several bunches out in the sun to make sultanas.....delish.

Lanie said...

Thanks so much for your advice. I have wondered how feasible grapes are in the Sydney humidity (even the varieties that are more suitable). Will do more research and more thinking. I'd love an edible deciduous vine - tried kiwi but it isn't deciduous in our mild winters. Maybe I'll have to settle on a nice deciduous flowering vine. Again thanks.