Orchard Harvest Time

Dear Diary,

Angelo: This is April and the last day of the Easter holiday. While in the northern hemisphere spring is in full bloom, here in the southern hemisphere we are in the middle of autumn. The weather is still lovely and the trees are just beginning to turn colours.

It's harvest time for us and we have been busy gathering in the vegetables. The early vegetables, like garlic, onions, radishes, carrots, potatoes and the like, have already been harvested.  The tomatoes continue to ripen along with the squash and pumpkins. There are Jerusalem artichokes to pull up and process. The strawberries are still blossoming and ripening but they have to be picked quickly as they mould very fast. The next batch of scarlet runner beans is almost ready to be picked.

"Apples, peaches and pears - O my!"

The orchard has been giving us fruit for a while now. We just picked some more fruit as you can see in the photo. This is just a small amount of what we get from our 12 trees of different types of fruit. Although I am short, I still help by picking up apples, peaches and pears which have fallen to the ground. The baskets are just too heavy for me to carry; maybe when Adam gets here we will be able to carry one together.  All this fruit will be bottled (canned in US terminology) very soon so we have lovely fruit all year long.

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