Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer Fruits

Raspberries, Gooseberries and Strawberries, freshly picked and ready for eating and for relish. The raspberries produced about this much every two days and will continue to do so for a few weeks yet. We eat them fresh or freeze them for use later in the year. The strawberries are new this year and as we only have the four plants, this amount is produced about twice a week, but of course the season is much shorter than for raspberries. We will aim to plant more next year.

The gooseberries have been collected from two of our four bushes, all of which are new additions in the past two years. Although they'd be great with a block of vanilla ice cream, this year I am using them to make a favourite relish - Spicy Mustard Seed and Gooseberry Relish.

Gawber and Wentworth are doing well and Gawber seems to have fully recovered from his paw injury thank goodness. With the warmer, humid weather they do little during the day except laze around on the shed roof until it gets warmer and the dew has dried, then they either head for the beans or woodstore where it is cooler and shaded.

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