I've been picking up macadamia nuts, and as I have had little time to dehusk them I wheeled the trolley with them drying on, into the lounge last evening and did it as I watched TV. It makes my thumbs very sore after a while, but I got more than half done. These still have to spend days in the sun drying out before shelling. ( it's the green outer casing I am taking off )( no part of getting macs to the eating stage is easy! )
This is how the kiwifruit crop is looking for 2014. This is the overhead canopy.
This is how the ground underneath is looking where I drop the rejects I am thinning each afternoon. I try to spend at least 4 hours doing this job each afternoon.( there is a lot to get through. )
The garden was looking a little faded in parts( to my eye anyway ) and there were a few bare spaces as plants flowered and died off. Yesterday I went to the garden centre for some new spots of colour and some more vege punnets.
I found this little plant that I was didn't recognise -Angelonia . It came home with me as well as some aster plants and 2 new gerbras. This morning I began planting before breakfast and have much of it in the ground. I was horrified to see how dry some areas had become so the hose is rectifying that.
Last post I showed photos of a new lily. Here is another flowering for the first time. An oriental called Pico.( perfumed! )
Of course I have been cooking too. We all have to eat. One of my favourite things is fritta. R's tomato crop is abundant so tomatoes on everything. Aren't the colours yummy together.
With the eggs and some grated cheese added. now under the grill.
No sewing this week, but I have read the first 300 ( of over 800 ) pages of" The Luminaries."
I said I would let you know how I found it. So far I like her use of words and her descriptions. The story line is not as exciting as I had hoped for - maybe I know too much NZ history, so the gold fields are not new material for me. I will continue but at this stage it is not in my top 10 best books ever read. I will reassess this when I have finished the whole book.
At the weekend we went to another Birthday party. A 70th this time. Had a lovely time talking to many old friends, eating yummy food and generally relaxing.