Firstly I'd like to say that I had no idea how painful it is to burn yourself with boiling jam! OUCH, but with super-lightening reaction I managed to save a blistered finger - lucky.
The green figs on the tree are ripening and I picked about two kilos of them yesterday late afternoon.
I looked at the pile of figs and, as I don't like them, decided to try my hand at some jam making. I think it worked well, although, my chief taster hasn't tried it yet. I shall deliver fresh figs and a pot of jam later today - the jury is still out! I added some ginger so I hope that gives it a kick, I will definitely try it later.
The figs and grapes are really coming along. Only some of the grapes have been covered so I hope that the rest don't get eaten by the insects, only time will tell.
The olives are growing ready for the olive season! I can never remember when that is, we have two olive tress that fruit at different times so it gets a little confusing.
The prickly pears are abundant but won't be ready till they are a lovely pinky colour - again I'm not keen on these fruits, but I know many that are.
|PRICKLY PEAR FRUITS - HAVE TO BE PICKED IN A SPECIAL WAY AS THEY ARE VERY, VERY PRICKLY - AS THE NAME IMPLIES!|
|BEAUTIFUL YELLOW FLOWERS OF THE PRICKLY PEAR PLANT.|
We have pears growing by the pool which will be ready very soon and the veggie plot is about to have its soil turned over ready for (finally) some veggies to grow in.
The kittens are growing (what's left of them). We lost so many this year due to a terrible cold virus they all caught. Puss cat is doing well and enjoying trying to make friends with the cat family. He is in quite a bit during the day, but goes off into the fields at night. So far no sign of him fighting - I hope he behaves himself.
|PUSS HELPING ME UNPACK THE SHOPPING!|
The hens are fine and the broody one seems to have broken her broodiness, thankfully. However, I found it strange that I couldn't find any eggs at one point and searched everywhere. They have been allowed out of their pen and roamed free around the veggie plot and pool area. In the undergrowth near the pool I discovered a hen snuggled down (looking broody), when I put my hand under her and lifted her off - there were 15 eggs!!! I had to test them all before eating them. You do this by placing them in a deep bowl (or basin) of water. If they sink they are good. If they float - bin them!
|THE HIDDEN PILE OF 15 EGGS!!|
|THE POSSIBLE CULPRIT UNLESS ALL 4 HENS BANDED TOGETHER!!|
That's it for now. Back with the verdict on the jam.