Archive for September, 2010

Quince fruit leather

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

After making our last batch of quince jelly, we saved the fruit pulp to try our hand at making fruit leather.

Quince fruit leather made from pulp left over from quince jelly


Grape harvest

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

We harvested our grapes yesterday.

We weren’t expecting a great amount of fruit this year with the severe pruning the vines had in winter, but even so there wasn’t an awful lot there. We were a bit late in getting the vines thinned out so a good airflow and the sun could get to the ripening fruit, so we lost some to mildew as well. Then with the very dry summer, about half of them had already ripened and dried out before we got to the harvesting. A legacy of too many other things to do at the same time, but lots of good lessons for next year.


Latest vegetable harvest …

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Latest vegetable harvest from the quinta

It’s suddenly got much colder, particularly in the shadier parts of the quinta. The temperature in the yurt when we wake up in the morning is around 10-12°C and it’s midday before the sun gets around to shining on it. I’m realising that all my chili plants are probably not in the ideal position for ripening … but at least the Evening Primroses are in flower.

Quince jelly | Geleia de Marmelos

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Quince jelly | Geleia de Marmelos made from quinces grown on the quinta

The stuff of addiction …

It’s that time of year again! Last year we took a bag of quinces from the quinta back to Scotland and made jelly from them there. It was barely a month before the lot had disappeared. A bit unusual for a household where half-eaten jams and jellies have a habit of languishing neglected in the back of the cupboard until they grow fluffy green legs and walk out of their own accord.


A porch for the yurt

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Having cut the timber from our woodland and let it dry sufficiently to be unsticky enough to handle (just), I got started on constructing the porch framework over the last 2 days.

Laying out and levelling yurt porch floor area

Laying out and levelling porch floor area.


Do Be Do Be Do

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

“To be is to do – Socrates
To do is to be – Sartre
Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra”
Kurt Vonnegut

Somewhere in that quote above is all sorts of wisdom about Doing and Being, but the trouble is I’m so much in the Doing right now there’s no room in my head for reflections on the subject. So I’m sticking with Sinatra for the moment …