Part of the award is that I am to pass it on to 5 other bloggers... I have recently not got around to following as many blogs as regularly as I'd like (partially due to my wife nagging me about spending so much time on the internet chatting to strange ladies...) well let's see, here we go:
- Top of the list has to be the blog by my adopted virtual sister at Ohiofarmgirl' Aventures in the good land. Her stories about he she manages her menagery of farm animals make me laugh out loud without fail and never fail to cheer me up
- Jason at Zuchini Island in Australia has et himself a target of 80% food self sufficiency from a standing start. I think he is finding it harder than he initially thought, but seems to have a lot of fun trying
- Next fellow Italian farmer and revolutionary blogging from Puglia in the south of Italy on olive farming, dry stone walling, many recipes etc: La Contadina's blog
- Next a blog from the opposite end of Italy the far north at the foot of the Alps: L'Orto Orgoglioso, the proud garden, by Rowenna, a Hawaiian in Italy, I believe. Her motto is: "You may not be reciting Dante in your dreams, but in the end, anyone can be the owner of a proud garden." I like it!
- Finaly I would like to pass the award to Little Paradiso. Not a gardening blog, but it describes the life of a Texan in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre. She recently wrote a lot about the destruction caused by the recent rains and the efforts of the villagers to rebuild their homes. Do visit her site and find out how to help these people in desperate need..
This the seed packet described as 'Japanese spinach, but are clearly of the brassica family:
Swiss chard sowed itself out all over the place and is looking lush:
Even the litchi tomatoes is still producing:
The broad beans for next year have started off well:
Conspiracy Cousin is back helping out. Here is in action picking wild autumn olive berries for making our Christmas jam.
Other than that we are slowly getting ready for Christmas, which we will be spending up in the mountains again. We've baked mountains of biscuits / cookies, including kaki cookies. The little rain in the last few days has brought up some interesting fungi again, so hopefully we'll find some edible varieties in the mountains:
Have a great pre-Christmas time everybody and don't yourselves too stressed, it's not worth it! :)