Monday, 25 August 2014

Early One (Sunday) Morning.



It's 7.20am (6.20am UK time) and it's cool. I'm still wearing shorts and T shirt, but almost wish I wasn't.


The Hazel nuts are looking good. Some have already started dropping; they're plump, sweet, and milky.


The Chestnuts are swelling. It's probably time to get mowing beneath the trees.


And this year's Sloes are the size of small Plums.


The boys are happy whatever the weather, and whatever time of day. I always give Monty a few Blackberries at this spot; that's what he's waiting for.


No need to buy or grow Mint here; it's everywhere. Actually I do grow some, but a different variety.


And finally, I pass this wild grapevine every morning, and I can hardly wait to see what becomes of it when ripe. Red, white, sweet, or sour? I just hope the deer don't get to them before I do. If they're any good I'll take some cuttings.



26 comments:

  1. Too nippy here in Lincolnshire for a T shirt. I've spotted my first ever Hazelnut tree, maybe we could contact Nutella I heard there's going to be a shortage.

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    1. Not here there ain't; the trees are loaded. I have a half-eaten jar of Nutella in the cupboard which was bought for my visiting grandsons. I've never tasted it, and shall not do so. I don't eat sugar.

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  2. A walk without the shorts and T shirt would be cool n'est-ce pas Monsieur.

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    1. Sans mes culottes? I'd frighten the wildlife!

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  3. Cro, you have me humming that ole tune here early on a Tanzanian morning! What lush surroundings. I'm fascinated that your dog, Monty likes Blackberries! I wish I had one of those mint plants here in Tanzania. I have a green thumb and would have a garden full in no time. Enjoy your lovely world. Greetings Jo

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    1. The other dog (Bok) won't touch them; Labs, of course, eat anything.

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  4. Making me think that maybe the long drive further Soutb may have been worthwhile. Brittany is nippy!

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    1. Not bad here this morning, and we are promised 30 C for this afternoon.

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  5. What a wonderful area you live in - all that food for free - and wild grapevines - never heard of such a thing - maybe an escapee? My sheep used to love blackberries too.

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    1. Probably the site of an old vineyard. We find grapevines growing all over the place.

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  6. you are lucky. such rich life.
    My dog likes to eat olives from the tree near my door.

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    1. Oh that we had Olive trees; lovely.

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  7. Now that's the kind of morning walk I like - nobody about, dogs enjoying life (how they enjoy life if they have a happy home), plenty on the sides of the Lane - just like here but I guess much warmer.

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  8. The squirrels take all our hazelnuts before they are ripe! (One ran from the tree this morning as I let the dog out) Rain all day here in SE England . Come back sunshine.

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    1. My Fig trees are full of Starlings. Still, there'll be plenty for everyone.

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  9. Our family labs like blackberries too. I have had to pick out hazel and cobnuts early as the squirrels have arrived and they will strip the bushes clean in days. I googled that if I put these green beauties in a cardboard box and keep stirring them up they will eventually ripen off the plant. I've nothing to lose so giving it a try.

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    1. I looked online a while ago to see if they would ripen off the tree but didn't find this particular suggestion…will try it ..when it stops raining!!

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  10. It is really spectacular where you live...I love that so much that is edible is growing around you...the dogs look like great company.

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    1. Just wait till mushroom season; I'll bore you crazy.

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  11. Sounds and looks like a day in paradise.

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  12. I can't get enough of these posts, I do have a grapefruit and a lemon tree in my tiny urban yard, but this...this is truly heaven on earth!

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  13. I planted mint out in the field this year.. I hope it grows like yours does

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    1. Once it's established, you can't stop it.

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  14. It is very warm here but at this time of year we can expect sudden changes.

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