Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Where does the time go?
Those empty jars that have been clogging up the cellar are being rapidly filled with all manner of chutneys, sauces, preserves, jams, purees, relishes etc and then going back into the shelves in the cellar.
The vegetable gardens and fruit trees are producing the summertime glut that will see us through the coming year.
Just as I begin to see the last box of fruit go into the big preserving pan on the stove, Brian brings in another three boxes. As far as he's concerned, it's just a matter of leaving it on the kitchen table and it will magically become something edible in a jar that will show itself on our dinner table many months down the track.
Thank goodness for Aggies! (Agapanthus) Although those in full sun are looking mighty poorly.
I don't look forward to receiving our water consumption account next month, but still we are grateful that we are luckier than so many farmers up North who haven't seen a good rain for many years.
The washing machine water is now being directed onto some established shade trees growing near the house that are feeling the stress of this dry summer. I can cope with losing the odd shrub or plant, but losing a tree is just too much to bear.
I have deliberately allowed the Kikuyu around the edge of the fence to keep growing so I can pick some every day for the laying hens.
Well, that's my excuse for not mowing it and I'm sticking to it.
Tomorrow is another day for tomato sauce making and there will be more plums and rhubarb to preserve into jars too. Surely I must be getting to the end of the plums!
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