Tuesday 15 May 2012: OUR apples, this time...
Last October, when I had been blipping for about a month, I blipped apples in our local supermarket in Bahrain. It seemed to me that apples were everywhere in England at that time, growing in peoples' gardens, orchards and of course cropping up in their blips, too.
And now, we have apples from our very own tree in the garden! Here are some that I picked today. I think they are Cox's Orange Pippins but I'm not absolutely sure so if anyone out there knows better, please do correct me. They are fairly small and taste absolutely delicious - just like Pippins - and I can't stop eating them! I've tried to identify them from a chart of NZ-grown cultivars - which is completely mind-boggling. In terms of commercial apple growing, the Nelson region is second only to Hawke's Bay for apple production in New Zealand and there's a big Enza storage and packing facility just up the road from here in Stoke. Last week I came across a very deep trailer-full of apples hitched to a car parked by the kerb in town - obviously the owner wasn't too concerned about passers-by helping themselves!
Today started out overcast and showery again but by mid-afternoon it had cleared up and the sky was a searing blue. There was a cold wind though and the temperature hovered around 10°C on our deck. This evening I finally succumbed to the pressure exerted by my daughter and went in to join the local DVD rental store. So now I'm going to watch 'The Piano', which I've been meaning to do since I remembered it when mentioning it in a blip back in February.
I've just realised that I said yesterday that I try to avoid photographing food and that technically, apples are food. Well, fresh fruit and vegetables are to be considered 'Produce' and therefore only ever really look good. Cakes probably fall into the 'generally look good' category too. It's cooked dishes (particularly meat!) that I'm not keen on photographing!