Archive for June, 2012

Fridge, part 1

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

SPOILER … This experiment didn’t work! See the Comments section.

With summer temperatures looming, so have thoughts about refrigeration. We don’t have any sort of fridge. For most of the year – autumn, winter and spring – this is much less of a problem than it might at first appear. Most dairy products last well enough at yurt temperature that they’re eaten before they go off. Milk that does turn can be turned into cheese and when we occasionally buy meat it’s eaten right away. But summer? Well that’s a different matter.

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New growth on new plantings

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

A year ago at the end of May, we planted an unusual tree on the quinta ( and somewhat absurdly named it Hamish). This is the self-coppicing Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis), one of the world’s oldest and rarest trees, thought long-extinct until discovered in a canyon in Australia’s Blue Mountains in 1994. The oldest known fossil of the tree has been dated to 200 million years old. To confuse matters, Wollemi pines aren’t pines at all but members of the Araucariaceae, the same family as Monkey puzzle trees.

New growth on Wollemi pine

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Strawberry juice

Friday, June 1st, 2012

With the rest of the family being in the UK at the moment, it’s been quite a task keeping up with all the ripening fruit. There’s still sweet cherries needing picked (tomorrow!) but I keep getting distracted by the strawberries. Today there were so many I really had to do something with them other than just eat my breakfast in the strawberry patch or they would start to go rotten.

Strawberries

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