Another tortoise

Another tortoise

Ed saw a second wild tortoise (Hermann’s Tortoise, Testudo Hermanni) on his way up to the cave, on the path. On the way back down again, an hour later, Ed found the little tortoise had moved about 60 metres. This one, right, is the same species as the one Gerry saw on 30 March, see below, and about 1,600 metres away from the first. One can’t help wondering if they get together at all! This is the first year we’ve seen any, only because they were near or on tracks, but it’s nice to know there are several around us in the...
Quince jelly

Quince jelly

Like all the fruit this year, the four quince trees are groaning with big, heavy, furry fruit. Looks like we’ll have lots of quince jelly – brilliant with roasts! So, more work for Gerry, after a mass of different preservings already this season all from the garden: pink grapefruit marmalade, plus cherry, apricot, damson, greengage and mirabelle plum jams; blackcurrant, redcurrant and blackberry jellies; nectarine and peach chutneys; and freezing lots of it for puddings and tarts in the winter! And the good news is the quinces are virtually untouched by fly larvae, presumably done for in the frosts of February. Later, she will attack apple and green tomato chutney and at the end of the season there will be pomegranates and kaki...

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