Well after several days of blustery gale force winds today has dawned sunny and warm and still. A perfect day for the Katikati Wine and Food Festival. We didn’t get there last year as we had a full house of guests but today Greg is going to stay with the guests and I am going to check out the festival.
I make my own conserves for our guests so I thought I might enter the competition for the best locally made jams and chutneys. I am going to enter my marmalade, strawberry jam and green tomato chutney. The green tomatoes were made with tomatoes from our own garden and the marmalade and jam from a friend’s garden.
It is 2 years since we finished building our lodge. 2 years ago our house was surrounded by clay waiting for autumn when there was enough rain to put the lawn down. They say there is no such thing as a dwarf variety in Katikati and that is certainly borne out by the fact that many of the trees planted in the past 2 years are now taller than I am.
We have just started eating our first crop of peaches, pears and plums. The peaches are devine, the plums and pears still need to ripen up but are a good size and look great. I stewed some in a crumble last night and they were yummy. Our lodge is perched high on a hill top which means we had fantastic views but the price we pay is the wind. It can get pretty windy at times and every time we have big winds we loose a tree or two. We were getting excited about our almond tree which for the first time was covered in beautiful almonds but alas it didn’t cope with the wind and blew down. It is survival of the fittest in our garden!
Well I must go and get ready for the festival. Check out the Katikati Wine and Food Festival website: www.avofest.co.nz
Have a good day! Margie.