Friday, 9 November 2012

Cherish the Moment

It is hard to explain as an orchardist how such a moment feels. It's a wild ride, cherish the moment.

My son Mark, who can pull copious amounts of cherries.

Without good workers an orchardist is nothing.

Taiowa above who never lets me down.

Luke back from Uni.

John Baptiste, learning english.

It felt good to hold these Merchant on November 9.


These are the 2kg boxes packed for market.


This is our simple work area.
From left, Fiona, Lydia, Phetlada and Pairin, packing for market.

I wish Jenny could be in the barn working with me everyday.
Some spring colour around the garden at the barn.


I cannot tell you what tomorow will bring, but this is an open and honest look at what we did today.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Picking Time at Cherrydale

Started some spot (colour) picking today on Empress with my sons Mark and John.
5 weeks since last blog entry.
Typical mixed bag of weather this spring hot, cold, 75mm of timely rain, some snow mixed with rain, sleet a couple of light frosts, but, Here We Are!!!
In this district it takes approximately 45-50 days from Empress to Sweet Georgia.  

Mark and John
have picked cherries all their life.[


First cherries for the season on the table for sorting.


Bottom of an 2 kg Empress Box

its row faced top (below)

John from Pascoes, Rocklea markets (Brisbane) with Eleesia, Jenny and Myself

This is the stage of the other cultivars in the orchard.
Early Burlat below




Sweet Georgia







A young Santina tree

Entrance to the Fruit Barn

My mother Fay standing near the weeping cherry she planted in 1990

This is an open and honest look at what is happening around Cherrydale today.
I wish all cherrygrowers in Australia a good harvest.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

20 September 2012 Spring Blossom

Some more photos taken today - 20 September 2012

Empress cherries approaching shuck fall.
Empress row below on the left, realistically
full bloom to petal fall. Van in the right of the photo

Van above and below

Rons above - Sweet Georgia below

Rows of Sweet Georgia

Rons to the left of photo and Lapin to the right
Photo of Lapin blossom below

Lapin above Simone below

Some rows of Empress and Lapin

Early Burlat

Lily above
Max below orchard dogs - it's a dog's life.
Solar Nugget apricot fruit set

Looks like it is time to start thinning

Solar Glow apricot

View of one of the cherry blocks
The next photos of  spring blossom shots around the garden.
Jenny in the garden



succulent garden below


Rodadendron above and Clivea below
 A sea of Heartease (Johnny Jump ups) below


Anenemone below
Orange Pig Face waiting for the sun to open

View of the dry river bed

More Anemones below


Cactus Garden below

Succulents near steps to deck

 This is some of what is blooming in the garden at the moment.
Have had 23mm of rain since last blog entry, no bad frosts, mild to warm days for bee activity.