This is fruit from the orchard.
There are all different kinds of apple – small and unripe in some cases – as well as two pears.
It makes for a very colourful bowl.
When I was still at school, I did a big crayon drawing of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
They were eating fruit from a tree, quite peacefully.
There was no snake because this was not the Tree of Knowledge – it was one of the ‘safe’ trees.
But try as I might, I couldn’t stop people asking, “Where’s the snake?”
So this time I’m going to say it myself: “Where’s the partridge?”
The answer is: “It’s not Christmas!”
Anyway, this little tree, overburdened as it is, does look as if it belongs on a Christmas card.
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From August 18th onwards I’ll be doing a daily post with a photo and comments similar to my usual ones on our Self-Publisher website.
A combination of wet weather when the blossom was out, and general reluctance on the part of the tree, means that we have only 3 greengages.
I invented this little ditty to sum up the situation:
“Greengage, greengage, have you any fruit?”
“Yes, Ma’am, three, but they’re not for you.
One for the blackbird and one for the jay,
And one for the little bug that crawled in today.”
We’ve had good crops of apricots, nectarines and peaches this year, and hopefully will of pears, but apples and plums are a dismal failure.
This morning in the fruit and vegetable wholesalers in Foligno I heard voices speaking English.
English English, not even American English (no offence).
The voices were coming from a couple about my age, I suppose.
I was choosing carrots when the wife came quite near me. “Are you English?” I asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
“Me, too,” I said, beaming at her.
That was the end of the conversation.
I think she might have smiled vaguely in an embarrassed sort of way, but she didn’t say anything beyond that first monosyllable.
So much for ex-pats!
I’ve been a bit worried about the nectarine tree which had a hefty dose of leaf curl this year.
It also flowered just when the weather was wet and windy and there wasn’t much chance of pollination.
It’s never been a big fruiter: the nectarines it produces are wonderfully sweet and juicy, but small and few in number.
However there are a few coming along this season.
The first photo was taken a fortnight ago. The second photo (of a different cluster) was taken today.
We have two peach trees which suddenly appeared as tiny saplings out of the soil of our newly planted orchard.
They derived from the scrappy old orchard that was there before.
The 43 trees that we’d just planted in a grid were about a metre tall, while these saplings grew up virtually from ground level.
Now they’re beginning to catch up.
Last year, weight for weight, they probably produced nearly as many peaches as the 2 grid ones, except that the ‘rogue’ fruit is very small – sweet but small.
This year, goodness knows, because their blossom is a lot more abundant.
It’s hard to believe how different the blossom can be between 2 species of peach tree.
The nectarine tree is determined to bloom.
This is in spite of the fact that no self-respecting bee would venture out to pollinate in this wind and wet.
At least the blossom is pretty.
In fact I’d grow a nectarine tree just for that, even without the possibility of fruit!