Let’s Get Fruity


Thursday 24 October, 2013 by Uncle Spike



It’s autumn I guess here now. We’ve had a couple of big storms that have battered us after the long 4 months hot and dry summer, but it’s pretty clear and sunny most days right now. Daytime temperatures down to the early 20’s mostly (low 70’s F), but this week hovering nicely around 26-29 (76-84 F). 

Chores this week have included spraying the citrus trees for Mediterranean Fruit Fly, stacking winter logs, cleaning the coal boiler and the chimney, flushing out the solar panels and refilling with added antifreeze, changing dodgy valves on the central heating system and tending to the veggies.

Things are a changing outside as summer has now moved away, and we prepare for winter harvests. Some late summer fruit is still ripe for scoffing, like black figs, while pomegranates are just ready now, but the citrus fruits still have another month or so to go.

Anyway, I took the camera around for 10 minutes yesterday evening and thought I would share them with you guys. Hope you enjoy these few quick shots… shame I can’t add the fruit to the blog as well, but I guess even technology of the 21st century can’t help me with that one!

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18 thoughts on “Let’s Get Fruity

  1. […] on from the recent post about the state of our fruit crops here on the farm, aptly named Lets Get Fruity, I popped back outside today with my camera to cover another angle of outdoor life that consume my […]


  2. I can’t remember ever eating pomegranates, do you like them?


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Love ’em… eat them all year round as I freeze them down too. Still great mixed in natural yoghurt – nice summer snack even though out of season.


      • I’ll have to look out for them 😉


        • Uncle Spike says:

          You can get them in UK supermarkets I’m sure. Sorry, they wont be as fresh as walking out the kitchen door.

          My mum was over here recently and took a load back in her suitcase (she’s 80 but bonkers too). She could have taken you a couple, lol

          Trick to peeling… use a sharp knife and cut just into the peel, say no more than 1mm deep (you dont want to pierce the seeds), score it like that in 2″ segments (so maybe 6 cuts). Leave in a large bowl of cool water for 20 minutes. The husk will start to open then.

          Then grab and break it open (in the water) – break it into 8-10 chunks. Leave in the water for another 15 minutes. Then it’ll be so much easier to separate the seeds out from the husk. The seeds will sink, and the husk/rind/pith will float, so easy to separate them.

          Throw away the crap and put the seeds into a posh bowl. Then sit in front of the telly and scoff the lot (dont wear a white blouse though in case a seed pops out – lovely stains). An left? Just leave the bowl in the fridge, covered, and they’ll last for days.

          You’ll never get a mouth ulcer again – brilliant preventative medicine 🙂


  3. edgar62 says:

    I have always loved Pomegranates. As a child growing up in Scotland in the 1950s I thought they were strange and exotic. Mind you, for us Oranges were a treat. Although Australia is changing it’s still very much a sausage, meat pies and tomato sauce sort of place :o)


    • Uncle Spike says:

      I was originally south England in the 60’s… but same here on the exotic note, so different back then 🙂


      • This person lies! Or at least… there’s lots of variety in Melbourne and my local shops sell pomegranates:). Not to mention the amazing restaurants and the cultural variety.. in fact, when I was in Turkey just about every person I met had a relative living in Australia:)

        But I was going to ask – how big is your property? Love the photos… can there be more from your vege garden?


        • Uncle Spike says:

          Ask any traveller to Turkey, and they’ll have been told “Really, I have a cousin in your town too” – it happens all the times, and I remember hearing the same old stuff all too often when I used to be a visitor, lol.

          Small by Oz standards, just 7000 m2, but just me and no tractor, so enough!

          Veg is limited now after 4 months of summer – spring is when there is lots more to see. I have tons of photos of old,but not a lot more for the ‘current state of play’… sorry 😦


  4. JunkChuck says:

    Ah, fruit–I’m a hobby gardener myself, and can’t not follow a blog with an orchard on it. I look forward to reading more.


  5. newbloggycat says:

    Need some help? I will work for fruits 😉


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