A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Bounteous fruit

We’ve had another busy day today. Up at 7:30, breakfast, quick check of email.

Then down to the garden (again). Today’s work was planting 12 bell pepper plants, then watering the newly-planted tomatoes, followed by feeding the bottom garden. It is all starting to look good now that the plants are bigger. It’s always a worry when the plants are first planted, because you never really know what’s going to happen to them – live or die!? Ah, the exciting life of the farmer, right? But when you are trying to be fairly self-sufficient, the summer months are when most of the year’s produce is grown. A failed crop means you either don’t eat that vegetable, or you buy it.

After we finished those chores, we picked fruit. My favourite type of cherries come from a couple of trees by the olives which yield large, slightly sour cherries. I love them! So I was disappointed to find that they have been attacked by a fly or insect of some type – a small hole bored into each cherry, making them unpickable for preserving purposes.

Oh dear. I guess that means that we will do a big prune of those trees come autumn, and try again next year. I was consoled by the picking of another cherry tree – these cherries are sweeter, and so ripe and dark red that they look almost black.

Next came the pears and plums. It seems to be a great year for fruit, and these trees proved it. A bucket full of yellow plums (I think they might be “mirabelles”). What do I do with them besides make jam (as we don’t eat much jam), does anyone know?

We then picked a bag full of pears. We have several pear trees – the one we picked today produces the small pears typical of this region. The others are the larger pears found in supermarkets, but don’t ask me the type, ’cause I haven’t a clue! Pears I usually either eat or make into ginger and pear chutney, which goes really well with poppadoms!

More gorgeous Casa Tyr produce!

More gorgeous Casa Tyr produce!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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