Nuts shelled so far this years. Walnuts = 22.444 kilos.
Macadamia nuts = 3.332 kilos. There is one bag left of unshelled walnuts and the macs are still being picked up and dried.
We have lots of other crops ready too .Whenever I write a list of what we are currently growing I always forget something, but this photo taken a couple of days ago will show that some of the gardening efforts have paid off. We are currently eating freshly dug agria potatoes; the tomatoes are just beginning to ripen daily; the scarlet runner beans are excelling themselves but will soon be caught up by chef's choice beans; the first row of peas is all but finished the second not far away; the courgettes were slow but now are producing; the strawberries were disappointing but have improved; the avos are picked as needed every few days; the radishes have grown well with all the rain ( over 100 mls since Christmas! ) so did the lettuce - a few too many so some were composted;( from my flower borders ).
Things we don't use all that we grow are all the herbs ; rhubarb and silver beet.
We have also got lots of basil for pesto a bit later; capsicum ( slow ) egg plant and sweet corn nearly ready. So at the moment if we had to live solely off our own efforts we would survive.
Books. I have just had my reading list out as I am about to start a new book.
It weighs 886 grams and has as many pages. It won the Booker prize this year. R gave it to me for Christmas. I will let you know how I find it.
While I had my list out I went through it and picked out the book I enjoyed ( and learned a lot from ) the most this year..
" The Various Flavours of Coffee," by Anthony Capella. is my winner.
Last Sunday, a very wet day here, we went over the hill ( round it actually ) to visit family in Te Aroha. Along the way I spotted this perfect specimen of a Yucca, on the out skirts of Paeroa. On the way back we stopped so I could take a photo. I really like the form and have many years ago painted one. ( It will die when it finishes flowering )
Today I think I get to put my sewing machine back on the big bench...who knows I may even get back to some quilting....
Best Wishes for a "Happy New Year." May 2014 be a productive and pleasant one for all my Bloggy friends.
( I do not make resolutions but have a few goals for the year mainly around giving myself more time for the things I love doing. )