About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Continued update.

Sorry about the abrupt way the last update finished, we have to use an internet space for this type of thing and I'd not saved the ending and we timed out.. sorry.
Fruit bushes.
We now have 2 blackcurrant bushes, 2, raspberry canes, and 2 redcurrant bushes, a dozen strawberry plants, 2 kiwi vines and all the local blackberries. So when it all gets going we should have tons of soft fruit, we are trying to add to the soft fruit bushes but the time to buy them always comes at the time when our budget is at its smallest... hopefully, as time goes on I'll be able to take some cuttings and establish our own new bushes.
If all went to plan and all our fruit trees and bushes fruited the same season (its very hit and miss up to now) we'd be snowed under with fruit.. as we have... deep breath!!!
Lemons, 3 tangerines, 2 peach trees, 1 pomegranate, 1 fig, 1 pear, 1 almond, 2 plum, 2 cherry, and 1 old apple tree. plus all the new soft fruit we've started off. The whole place is surrounded by blackberries, that we contantly fight to stop them overcoming the place ... handy for winter stores though.
I manage to freeze kilos of fruit most years to see us through the winter, for crumbles and fruit parcels ect... our fave dessert at the moment is fruit crepes, a really cheap dessert, as you need such a small amount of mix, and just stew up a mix of fruit (we have tons of plums) with a dash of honey and cinnamen and mmmmmnnn lovely on a cold day.