Back to some sort of normality (I hope) next week, but I would not count on it!! The carpenters are not working a full week next week as they are doing a bit of gallivanting, but promise to return later!! As I said before, post to follow soon.
The garden is not stopping, and although the courgettes (zucchini) are slowing down, they have certainly not stopped. Now, of course, the figs are ripening as well, so fig jam and fig chutney is taking up time between decorating the the upstairs spaces.
As for hazelnuts, (or cob nut or filbert nut, depending where you live) this has been our best year ever; I suspect there are not many more nuts to come at this stage, but we have just over 11 kg (about 24 lb) from one tree!! We see in the shops they are selling at €8 per kg!!!! I also cooked and bottled 8 jars of tomatoes today for pasta sauce and there is no shortage of tomatoes still in the garden. I love our own supply, but if only it would spread out a bit more and not all arrive at once!! Guess I am becoming a typical farmer, never satisfied!
|When I took this photo I thought it was a lot, since then the collection has more than doubled!|
|As for courgettes, I have the round ones in both yellow and green this year|
Meanwhile we still have some colour in the flower beds, although this is less than it was as the cooler months approach!
Cosmos above and below
Callistephus chinensis above and below. Common name Reine Marguerite or Aster
A sunflower still hanging in, meanwhile the birds are having a ball eating the seed from the ones that are going over!
The zinnias, top and bottom,are quite amazing; they just seem to keep flowering regardless.
See also - My Life Before Charente updated September 20 2012