Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Fruit and Fabric and Flowers Too.

The teazels are growing away with their spiky almost alien calyx. Isabella, Lucy and I can see this one from one of the bedroom windows and will keep watch to see which birds peck seeds from it later in the year.

Really quite incredible isn't it?

In the cool of the evening I picked the redcurrants. They are one of my favourite plants in the garden as they put up with any amount of neglect, are situated in a dry shady spot and yet repeatedly fruit heavily for us, the scarlet globes hanging in clusters and shining like so many ruby jewels. Luckily the birds had left us some.

They will make lovely toppings for a pavlova or for one of Lucy's cupcake sessions.

On the subject of fruit, the blackcurrants moved so late in the season are doing well too and Isabella is already following in big sister's footsteps by grazing as she ambles along.

Just the gooseberries to show you now, large and fat and ready to be paired with elderflowers in fools or pies or crumbles (probably my favourite of all).

So now the garden is settling for the day and I am pondering this fabric which I am re-using from my one of our eldest daughter's skirts: she had already cut it up and now I think it will make a funky skirt for Lucy (as woefully there is not enough fabric for me...sigh). It has a wonderful texture - sort of sheeny in a nice way and light yet willing to hold its shape. Well, we'll see. I'm thinking a little shirring may come into use inspired by sweet Florence's recent posts.

Or I may just sit and enjoy the evening quiet with a glass of crisp white wine.

Bye for now x


  1. Wow your garden looks and sounds very scrummy.

    Very much coveting your camp fire too. I did show DH the other day as well. Definately up his street. One of his main camping requirements for camping is can I make like a cave man and create fIRE! LOL.

    The fabric looks gorgeous and am sure it will look beautiful made into a skirt.

    MBB x

  2. Those fruit pics made my mought water and the thought of pavlova, gooseberry crumble and so on ...well!!! I think I'd go for the option of a glass of wine in the garden and let the fabric speak to you later on.

    Jane x

  3. Such a lovely setting, your home, Pip. Sigh...
    I must go and pick our raspberries!
    Hen xxx

  4. Your garden looks heavenly Pip though I wish our currants were as plump and ready as yours - I think we are about 3 to 4 weeks behind you in the growing season.

    Nina xxxxx

  5. ahh, just lovely to pop in here pip. wow your redcurrants are wonderful. oh i love summer!... and fruit picking!
    lots of love to you all
    ginny and girlies x

  6. Pipany, as always, your post has got me so inspired.

    The combination of any fruit and the word crumble makes me want to go look for some heavy cream to pour over it. I know that your family's meals are about to have some incredible puddings.


  7. Please don't mention the word crumble - it makes me weak at the knees. I love the pretty boewl that holds your redcurrants.


  8. We've dawned wet and windy here so good to come over to some sunshine on your blog, Pip.

  9. My kind of plant, one that suffers neglect well. Your fruit trees are so much further on than ours are here. The food looks scrummy in the previous post Pipany.
    Posie x

  10. I think you deserve a glass of crisp white wine Pipany, after all of your hard work. The summer fruits look delicious, especially the gooseberries. x

  11. Hi Pipany!
    Oh I do love teasels too - they are so structural and tactile and just the best thing for children to explore!
    You're red/blackcurrants and gooseberries have reminded me that I need to collect some from my parents' garden - it's so handy to have other people growing fruit and veg that I can enjoy !! ;-)
    Wishing you a very happy weekend
    We're preparing to come to your corner of the world, so fingers crossed for continued sunshine!
    Denise x

  12. Fruit, fabric and flowers... that's the best title for summer, Pipany...lovely, lovely, lovely... Happy Days :o) ((HUGS))

  13. Such alien fruit and flora to me. Very cool to see! Now I will have to google "pavlova". I've said it before, I'll say it again, Love your blog!

  14. Ooh, how I envy your firepit area. I'd LOVE one of those - in fact I'm trying to work out where me might be able to fit one in our little patch. Hmmm...

    Aren't redcurrants jewel-like?

  15. Lovely post Pipany. I helped my friend pick redcurrants at her allotment the other day, so beautiful, like little beads!! We've just eaten our first raspberries this evening along with strawberries and blueberries, they looked so pretty and tasted scrummy.
    Have a super weekend
    twiggy x

  16. Been having a saunter through your last posts Pipany. You really capture eternal comforting days away from all the noise of the everyday. Your blogs a lovely place to visit.

    Lisa x

  17. I have enjoyed my visit to your beautiful garden, thank you.