It's been a good season for home grown produce.
These were the first few figs and we've had a steady crop
over the Summer.
When our daughter came to stay she made fig jam with her Papa.
All the family love fresh figs and we gave bowlfuls away to share
with them and their friends.
Daughter D took some back home with her and made some more jam.
Now we have a supply of jams in our store cupboards as daughter D also
made blackberry jam from those gathered where she lives.
Daughter D's fig and blackberry jams
We've also enjoyed honey as the parents of our granddaughter's boyfriend
have a large garden where they keep bees.
the veg plot and the covered yard
We're still gathering tomatoes, cooking with them and bottling some.
We've enjoyed broccoli, beans and lettuces and a few other
home grown vegetable produce. We could have done with a bigger
supply of vegetables, but a little is better than none at all.
We had quite a few more nectarines this year on the young tree although
we lost a few during a day of high winds. They were small
and very sweet. In the end I made a fruit crumble with them
and added some bought peaches as some were split, a little wrinkly
and not so nice to eat fresh unlike the figs.
We haven't gathered the apples yet and we only have one pear that
has survived due to the extremely cold weather conditions earlier in the year.
table grapes and 'strawberry' grapes in our local daughter's garden
'strawberry' grapes smell and taste like strawberries so good to eat, but are
small, have pips and stain your lips and tongue purple! All the grapes growing
here in our family gardens in the UK are still not ripe and
will probably stay on the vines for the birds.
grapes growing along our front garden wall
Lastly, this is not home grown fruit and veg, but
I decided to include the Joie De Vivre rose bush which is still
producing masses of roses. It was meant for Riitta's
Floral Bliss linkup which ended this week and I missed
the opportunity to join in.
Good news - Riitta's Floral Bliss will now change to Friday Bliss!
You can read more about this link on Riitta's recent blog post here
I shall be linking up when the link opens today, Friday, 4pm Helsinki time.
Wishing everyone a good day and a peaceful weekend!