Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Figs, pigs and echinacea




Trying to get back into the groove of term time here.  I'm feeling the need to have a bit of a tidy up about the house and a little declutter.  I'm squeezing it in whenever I have a moment.

I tried one of the Hungarian Hot Wax Yellow chillies yesterday.  Most of it had no heat at all, but the top end was a bit fiery.  I ate some slices of it raw to test it.  By the time I got to the top I was being a bit blase, so I was completely caught out by the heat.  I stamped around for about five minutes, squeaking and sweating.  I think I'll try and leave the rest on the plants a bit longer, but I won't be eating them raw any more.


We went to the country park on Sunday and had a wander round the orchard, which is full of fruit and wasps hanging around the fallen plums.  I spotted this big plant pushing up through the trees.  No idea what it is.  I don't think it's a sunflower, but it has that kind of feel to it.  It's not a squash either, although the leaves look similar.  It's got quite hard strong stems underneath the foliage. There were a couple more as well, and I can't decide whether they were planted or just came up.   If anyone knows what it is I'd be interested to know.


We saw a speckled wood butterfly enjoying the late afternoon sun.  Most of the butterflies we see at home are white ones.  The little people are going to try growing some insect and butterfly-friendly plants in their raised beds next year, so maybe we'll get some different ones then.


In the garden I've cut some of the grapevines back to allow more sun onto the fruit.  There's quite a bit, once I got snipping I discovered loads of bunches lurking in the foliage.


I'm not quite sure what to do with them all.  They taste nice, but most of them have three large pips in them, so they're really fiddly to eat.

There was a little rain yesterday.  My little Rose de Rescht is going to flower again.  The buds look so pretty.


But the garden does have an overgrown end of season feel to it now.  The season is changing and changes are coming closer here too.  It's not easy right now, but all I can do is live one day at a time and try not to dwell on things too much.


After school today there was sunshine, a carrot to eat and football gloves to wear.  It was enough for him.  It's enough for me too.

24 comments:

  1. CJ your photos are lovely... I love all of the green... you are a brave woman! I would never eat a pepper!! I can't eat hot food at all!
    I was reading not long ago about the hottest pepper in the world in India... apparently it burns your skin if it touches you!!! Yikes!
    Tammy x

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    1. That is scarily hot. This was quite a mild one I think - I wouldn't eat a normally hot one.

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  2. I love your guinea pig house, it's really cute.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It's their daytime-on-the-grass thing. They have a hutch to go in as well at night and when it's raining. They like being on the grass best though.

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  3. I've only grown chillis once, and that was for the ornamental factor, we don't eat them. I certainly wouldn't have a go at eating one raw. Your piggies are so cute, we used to have a couple and I do miss their little squeaks, we have two rabbits now.

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    1. I love rabbits too, but you are right, guinea pigs are very sweet, especially when they squeak. Mine squeak so loudly when they want a carrot or to be put on the grass, it's makes me laugh.

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  4. Could the plant be a hollyhock or an abultilon. Really need a flower to tell. Was it free standing or climbing up something and were the leaves furry? Lots of questions :)

    We have tiny grapes on our plot vine which I doubt will swell now!

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    1. It was free standing with very strong hard stems. The leaves were a little rough but not furry I don't think. Next time I am there I will see if there are any flowers. It's very tall, maybe about eight feet, or even more.

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  5. Your blog post title had me really intrigued!!

    Your grapes look amazing, CJ. My garden's situation won't allow me to grow anything like that. How cool! Grape jelly?

    Leanne xx

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    1. I think grape jelly could be the answer. I've never tried it, but no doubt it's delicious, especially if it's made with homegrown grapes. Mine are growing on a west-facing fence, so they don't get sun until lunchtime. A south-facing one would probably be better for sweeter grapes, but they don't do too badly here.

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  6. I would eat a whole chilli in one go if my children ate a raw carrot!!

    ( a small one)

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    1. I am laughing. I might try this with a vegetable mine won't eat.

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  7. Lovely post, and photos as always. My grapes are just beginning to ripen. Flighty xx

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    1. Thank you Flighty. I look forward to seeing your grapes when they are ready.

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  8. Your grapes look very healthy, and lots to harvest. Have you thought about giving home wine-making a go?... I ask this with know idea of what's involved or whether it would be practical!

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    1. Great suggestion, I could get the boys to tread on them in the bath or a trug! Although I fear that would end in a fight.

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  9. So so beautiful! All these photos make me very envious of your beautiful garden! xo

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, although the garden is in fact fairly scrappy as a whole, with big patches of bare grass and an ugly concrete path. It needs a makeover!

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  10. Ooh, fabulous photo of the Rose du Rescht! Could you make grape jelly with the grapes? It would be a good way to use them but omit those pesky pips at the same time. x

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    1. A good idea, I shall be googling grape jelly I think, and rigging up a draining muslin net contraption no doubt.

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  11. Lovely grapes in your garden! And I love that last picture; you really managed to capture the moment. xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Laura.

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  12. I love walking around the garden with you:) You always capture the moment wonderfully. Maybe you could turn those grapes into some wine:) I feel for you being surprised by that hot pepper. As a joke, my husband put hot sauce on a chip I was eating. It takes a while for that burning feeling to go away! I hope things are ok. Change is never easy, so hang in there. Hope you're having a lovely day:)

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    1. Thanks Kari. I'm guessing it took you a while to laugh at your husband's joke! Thank you for your sweet comment. I don't do well with change, I am very much a creature of habit. But I am indeed hanging in, just. Hope you have a lovely day too.

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