Winter is Nigh

It is now officially winter, being June and all. We have had some cold, crazy, stormy weather and a couple of cold but cracker sunshine days. These days are beautiful and to be made the most of, for who knows if the next day will bring rain or dismal fog that lasts all day? There…

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An Autumn Garden Update

The feijoas are in full swing. As usual, we're having trouble keeping up with them and I am scolding myself for not having pruned the hulking great tree properly yet. We also have figs, apples and some grapes, from a huckory old vine that is in the Corner Pen, which I have never looked after…

Good Crop, Bad Crop

Last time I talked about the pumpkins and squashes, which despite the powdery mildew and earlier-than-usual demise, still gave us decent crops. Except for the Pink Banana Jumbo squash, both plants of which grew like a stunted sloth and finally aborted their puny fruit. I blame the poor quality of the seeds. Plus the slugs…

How Goes The Swathe of Orange?

This summer was intense: intense heat, intense humidity and intensely waiting for rain. Now autumn, my favourite season, is upon us. While the heat is less intense, it's still very humid and we're still waiting for more rain. The Indian Summer this year meant mornings and evenings started getting cooler sooner than usual, and some…