Tag Archives: farming

  1. Bonzo’s stressful few days

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    Sunday 01 May, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This is Bonzo. He’s our farm dog, security guard, alarm clock, waste disposal system, and all round entertainer of visitors (albeit …
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  2. Grass/weed cutting time

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    Monday 25 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Very soon I’ll be heaving the gas powered grass cutter onto my back for two solid days of tackling the …
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  3. Last of the winter veg

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    Sunday 17 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Temps are a climbing… up to the early 30s again now (that’s touching 90F), so time to rip up the …
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  4. Macro Monday: Bees in the orchard

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    Monday 11 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Time for another Macro Monday…. and for this week we have a shot taken by a friend of ours who …
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  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future (III)

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    Sunday 10 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My third bash at the Weekly Photo Challenge is the future of our chook stock… Hope you enjoy this simple entry. . …
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  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Future (I)

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    Friday 08 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My first Weekly Photo Challenge idea of the ‘future’ shows a broad bean plant having just is poked through after …
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  7. Flower Friday ~ Blossom; never enough

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    Friday 01 April, 2016 by Uncle Spike

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  8. Macro Monday: First Apricot

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    Monday 28 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Not very clear I’m afraid, but this was taken a couple of weeks back, and was the very first apricot …
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  9. Flower Friday ~ Plum tree blossom

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    Friday 18 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Here are some not-so-close-up images of the plum trees which are in full blossom right now. At night it actually …
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  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love (II)

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    Tuesday 15 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My second Weekly Photo Challenge entry is all about my one love, food 🙂 We grow a fair amount of our …
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  11. Macro Monday: Plum blossom in the rain

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    Monday 14 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  12. Broccoli plants

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    Saturday 12 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    A little while ago we saw these beautiful flowers, and Joanne from My Life Lived Full mentioned wanting to see …
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  13. Macro Monday: Young Iguana

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    Monday 07 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Found this young fella in one of the orange trees close to the house the other day. Not often do …
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  14. Flower Friday ~ First Apricot

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    Friday 26 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Taken just a few minutes ago… This is the very first of the beautiful flowers that blossom on the apricot …
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  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons (IV)

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    Thursday 25 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows how the farm is inbetwixt (love that word) seasons, …
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  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons (III)

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    Tuesday 23 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the start of the seasonal burn-up after winter. All 250 trees …
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  17. Something simple from the freezer

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    Sunday 21 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    With three freezers full of homegrown produce, it’s a pretty regular occurrence that I delve into their depths with not …
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  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons (I)

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    Saturday 20 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is typical for springtime here in southwest Türkiye. Everything is green, the …
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  19. SPIKE WRITES: It’s Brian from the Orange Grove

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    Sunday 24 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The boy is back! “All Growed Up” Meet the talking bird from Turkey The bird who…

  20. Lemons, just a few

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    Thursday 07 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Following the disaster of last January, when our big freeze wiped out all the lemons, killing one decent sized fruit-producing …
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  21. Kumquat success

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    Tuesday 05 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Whilst many crops have not favoured the weird weather of 2015, the humble little kumquat tree seems to be as …
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  22. Wordless Wednesday ~ Juicy Pomelo

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    Wednesday 30 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Now (IV)

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    Tuesday 29 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My fourth Weekly Photo Challenge entry for “Now” is me trying to catch some rather quick young chooks 🙂 Hope …
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  24. Macro Monday: Fig leaf bud

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    Monday 28 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Now (II)

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    Saturday 26 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My second bash at the Weekly Photo Challenge is very much “now” for us, with winter fruit picking upon us, here on …
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  26. Autumn colours, in Winter

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    Saturday 26 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s officially past mid-winter…. yeah right! Our trees are only just shedding their leaves, as our weird weather continues unabated …
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  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering (IV)

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    Wednesday 23 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s final entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge is one taken here on the farm – a gathering of small …
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  28. Making the most of it

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    Thursday 03 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When the mountains are as rock strewn as we have here in the southwest of Türkiye, there is little one …
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  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory (III)

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    Tuesday 17 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My third Weekly Photo Challenge entry is all about is perseverance towards uncertain victory! Or just plain old digging a hole for a …
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  30. Macro Monday: Cherry tomato

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    Monday 16 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    My entry for Macro Monday this week is a simğple shot of the top of a small little sweet cherry …
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  31. SPIKE WRITES: Oh Brian! What did you do?

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    Sunday 15 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The latest episode from the talking bird from Turkey ~ Brian guest writer from Uncle Spikes Adventures …

  32. Wordless Wednesday ~ Chicks

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    Wednesday 04 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  33. Last summer produce

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    Sunday 25 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It’s been a weird old year…. we’ve seen lemon trees decimated and some killed off by very rare severe frosts …
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  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful (I)

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    Friday 23 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is me up a tree, as per usual. Here on our citrus …
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  35. Last Peppers

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    Sunday 18 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Drying the last of the summer peppers before the rains start…

  36. The Village Mosque

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    Saturday 17 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Rural villages throughout Türkiye each have their mosque and small school. Pretty much the centre of life; the mosque is …
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  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place (IV)

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    Tuesday 13 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is another of my ‘happy places’… and that …
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  38. As fast as I put them in….

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    Thursday 08 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  39. SPIKE WRITES: “Look at me!”

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    Tuesday 06 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    It’s Brian’s latest Guest Post from Uncle Spikes Adventures press logo for past episodes or read…

  40. This’ll be tasty!

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    Tuesday 06 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The citrus fruit yield looks to be well below average this year. Most of that is down to the weather …
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  41. Remembering our Turkish rural springtime

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    Saturday 03 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Everything is green Everything is fresh Everything is lush Everything is growing… . . How different springtime time, compared to …
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  42. Back when the monster was small…

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    Thursday 01 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This was a few years ago now When the kiddo was light enough to hold! Taken on the roof – …
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  43. Macro Monday: Locust

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    Monday 21 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Locusts are regular visitors to our farm; not on any biblical scale, but just enough for the chickens to chase, …
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  44. Logs of the future?

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    Saturday 19 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Down in the lower olive grove, we have a rather tall lonesome pine that is growing at a weird, almost …
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  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid (II)

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    Saturday 19 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is me taking a look at some of our chooks through the …
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  46. Last of the summer crops

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    Tuesday 15 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    As summer proper recedes and we move into early autumn, the thermometer drops to below 100F (40C) for the first …
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  47. Macro Monday: Watermelon flower

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    Monday 14 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Following on from the pumpkin flower, here is its neighbour, a tiny, simple and elegant flower from a watermelon plant. …
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  48. Olives Trees ‘Off Season’

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    Thursday 10 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Olive trees tend to produce a crop every two years, more or less. Some trees are a bit weird, producing …
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  49. Drying hot peppers

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    Tuesday 08 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Here in Türkiye, we use a table condiment called Pul Biber on a daily basis. Basically it is red pepper …
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  50. Gonna be a peachy old day

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    Sunday 06 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Whilst the pear tree and the quince trees are bare this season, can’t quite say the same for the peaches! …
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