Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Ripening tomato

After a couple of warm days,  one of these little tomatoes is beginning to change colour…
….  just the beginning.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Shadow in the garden

Last night,  listening to the rumbling thunder and waiting for the rain (we did get 1mm) I sat watching from my bedroom window.   There was a shadow… a dark patch out there.  I'd seen a neighbour's black cat outside on a few other days,  and of course,  I assumed that must be it.
However,  this morning I found the "shadow".  It turned out to be something stuck in the rose bush...
 …  no cat at all!

A bird's nest…..

 …. with just one blue speckled egg inside….

… obviously abandoned….

There are a lot of blackbirds around and this is one of their nests. I know that they are feral,  introduced and not to be encouraged,  but they do eat plenty of earwigs and so I can't be too hard on them.
The nest is in a terribly precarious place an dmuch too close to the ground,  and I'm not surprised that it was abandoned.  I hope the neighbour's cat didn't interfere.

Summer is early...

My posts are definitely less frequent in recent weeks.  I think that this is because, as the seasons pass,  it seems that I am doing the same things each year… and there's not a lot to add.  There is some truth in that,  though every year is a little different from the others and it is becoming obvious that the summer season is moving earlier and earlier each year.   I have already picked the first tomato.  (I didn't photograph it… I popped it straight into my mouth!)  It was a yellow, pear shaped variety,  and the bush is going to have a lot more very soon when these ripen…
 … and then there are more….   tigerella...
 …. and roma tomatoes that are just beginning to set fruit…..

The beans are beginning to grow….
 … these are "purple king" and I planted these earliest…. but there are a few more varieties as well.

Dinners are still mostly from the garden….  tabouli...
(though I bought the tomato at the market last Saturday.)