Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Things growing in the garden

A bit more practise with the camera...please humour's still early days!

Here's Beki on guard duty by the perimeter fence:

I was about to produce a photo of a tiny baby tortoise...half the size of my hand...Poppy was standing watching me....she moved towards the tortoise who promptly did a wee on my hand and I dropped the camera.  Fortunately no damage done to the camera or tortoise....but no pic I'm afraid.


  1. I just cannot believe your figs, they're amazingly advanced. Maybe a different variety, as ours are only just about getting leaves never mind figs!

  2. I only really noticed how fast they are coming along today Jan. We had an absolute glut of them last year and it looks like it's going to be the same again this year. Can't wait...I adore figs! And now I'm busy collecting recipes for them!

  3. I love the pics, I wish I was sitting out in your garden. I hope u feel a little happier today it wont be long until u can see your daughter and Billy again xx

  4. Hi Bomb...I wish you were sitting here too...we could have a good chat over a coffee. Yes I am a bit happier today..having seen Stella and Billy on webcam this morning xxx

  5. Lovely photos - I don't know why you decry your photographic ability - they look fine to me.

    Lucky your camera didn't break. I've just had to have the whole inside of mine replaced because of a droppage incident.

    Carry on snapping.

  6. Thanks FF...well after all the years of disasters with cameras, digitals obviously suit me best!
    Actually the one thing I'm finding irritating is how fast the batteries run out! I've hardly used it since I got new batteries over a week ago and they're worn out already.
    Perhaps I should get rechargeable ones and a charger.

  7. Ooh your garden makes me want to be in my Turkish garden, my neighbours who live there permanently now grow all kinds of goodies (I have a house in Hisaronu, near Olu Deniz) I can't wait till I get over there for a bit of sun x

  8. Oh I didn't realise you had a house here you manage to come over very often? I hope this current problem with the volcanic ash doesn't go on for too long and prevent you from getting here.

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  10. What Snowden moment have we missed here!
    A tortoise weeing on your hand must mean that the end of your frustrations is in sight.
    things can get no worse!

  11. I love the photos, especially the fig tree.
    I tried to make head or tale of the guard dog picture and then it came to me..... there was a fence with Becki leaning on it.

    Crossing your hand with tortoise wee is surely a sign of material gain........
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  12. What are the pretty flowered trees growing in picture 3, 4, and 6? You do have the best view ever from your house atop the hill you know.:)

  13. Fly: Snowden moment? That made me chuckle. Yes I'm sure the tortoise weeing on me must be a good sign!

    Maggie: Material gain? Oh I hope so!

    Mr H: Pic No 3 is almond, No. 4 is pomegranate. I think No 6 is apple? I'm not sure...I thought you might be able to tell me. Mr A isn't here at the moment so can't ask him.

  14. #6 does look like an apple:)

  15. Fig Salsa

    To accompany meat, fish & poultry

    • 500g fresh figs, chopped
    • 40ml red wine
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme or rosemary.

    Combine all ingredients with 50ml water in a saucepan. Cover; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer; cook, partially covered, until fruit has broken down, about 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly; remove thyme/rosemary sprig.
    After a round in the food processor, or a few rounds with the multi processor add some lemon juice and fill the stuff into hot jars.

  16. Ooh Heiko that sounds delicious...thankyou.
    How long does it keep?

  17. Ayak! I love your photos, keep them coming! How's Mr. A doing?? I worry...C

  18. Thankyou C. Mr A is that flights are taking off, he is more optimistic and has cheered up a great deal...thanks for asking xx


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