Monthly Archives: March 2015

Three Weeks a Blogger

I didn’t know what bloggers do, not so long ago.  Many of my friends still don’t – you’re doing WHAT?  Well, I’m a blogger now and I want to be a ‘good’ one. People say that you don’t have to write … Continue reading

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Leaving My Orchard Behind

(from my Blog 30 days in Istanbul) When I leave for Istanbul, I must leave my trees behind.  More then that, I will leave the fish in their pond and the worms in their farms to fend for themselves.  They … Continue reading

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An Orchard Under the Jacaranda

The tree was already several storeys high before I arrived and its beauty was the reason I came to live here.  At the time I had no idea that that beauty can be friend and foe. From the south east corner of … Continue reading

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“My God, to read without joy is stupid”

In an introduction to the novel ‘Stoner’ by John Williams, John McGahern wrote that the author had said to his interviewer, Brian Wooley, ‘…My God, to read without joy is stupid’. There are reasons why I habitually skip the introduction … Continue reading

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Two Weeks a Blogger

I have already forgotten why I decided to write a blog two weeks ago.  Maybe I felt it was time I learn to do something new.  Actually I bought a website from Blue Host some time ago but abandoned it … Continue reading

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Summer Fruit Winter Fruit

Now that the sun is shy of rising early, my urban orchard is starting to change its colour.  The citrus trees, though already laden, had so far camouflaged their fruit, green on green, amongst their leaves.  The time has come for … Continue reading

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D is for Dirt

Or soil, as we call it in Australia, though you would certainly get your hands dirty if you work it. Most of the trees in my urban orchard are planted in containers, so I don’t have the pleasure of working … Continue reading

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C is for Citrus

Or C is for Cumquat, as we spell Kumquat in Australia. I have an urban orchard that began with a pair of cumquat trees.    They are a Citrus/Fortunella hybrid called Calamondin here.  New fruit are round like tiny oranges but … Continue reading

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My Trees Are Moving

When Macbeth heard news that his forest was moving, he threatened to hang the messenger on one of the trees. In my orchard the trees are constantly moving; they are in containers.  A number of them have found new homes with my … Continue reading

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B is for Bugs

I woke with a cold; so much for the flu shot my doctor insisted on jabbing into me.  Our day time temperatures in Sydney may still be in their 20s but at night and early morning it feels like winter. … Continue reading

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A is for Abutilon

You need more flowers – that was the first comment I received when a researcher from ABCTV’s Gardening Australia programme came calling.  We were standing at the front of my property, looking at my car space, a.k.a. The Orchard. I have an … Continue reading

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Too Much of a Good Thing

What is a collective of chillies – a riot?  There’s a riot in my edible garden. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4072376.htm  – a video (4:33) on part of my urban orchard

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Goodbye Summer Goodbye Figs

Autumn is here.  A Black Genoa from my urban orchard, Sydney. 臺灣的朋友:我的果樹沒用藥。再者,這無花果是盤栽的。 http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4072376.htm  – a video (4:33) on part of my urban orchard

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