Tuesday, 19 September 2017

An Avocado A Day...

Those were the days.

Look, we've got more apples than we know what to do with dotting the lawns under trees. Red ones, green ones and in between ones but the one thing we don't have are avocado trees.

South Africa the land of sunshine. Sunshine and fruit. Avocados being on my mind today. I remember that at one of the places we lived, there was a huge avocado tree in the garden. Those lovely buttery avocados. Big almost twice the size of a normal fruit and more paler in colour with a more buttery flavour. Most of us didn't realize how healthy they were and it was way before the now fashionable Sushi Restaurants sprouted from every street corner.

Gosh, just thinking of it makes my mouth water. Cutting an avocado in half and either eating it plain with a dash of salt or spreading it liberally on a well buttered slice of toast was as easy and normal as eating an apple from the garden.

Those were the days indeed as now, eating an avocado is a symbol of luxury and not often had. Paying a euro fifty for one tiny fruit, one where you often risk the chance of the flesh being brown, takes some getting used to especially since I recall a time when I picked them of our tree in the back garden.

Now and again they have a special and we spoil ourselves. As you can imagine we don't leave a hint of green stuck to the peel. There's only one bit missing and that is the divine South African bread. As much as we used to moan about only getting the rectangular loaf, now I miss it. Nothing more scrumptious than a fresh slice of white bread encased in either peanut butter, avocado or the more sedate hint of Marmite.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Wine Harvest And Farmers.

The white grapes are in for it...

As you know Bob is working full time for a vineyard and won't be there with us today during our harvest. Look, the white grapes are not so prolific and the whole process won't take very long. There are going to be eight of us and before we know it we'll be sitting having a nice Buschenschank meal.

To think that a whole year's worth of hard toiling in the field will culminate in today's harvest is somewhat unreal. A race against the weather as one can only begin to harvest when the sugar content is at the optimum level. A cold front is on the way but thankfully today we were awarded a nice gap in the less than seasonal climes with blue skies wrapped in sunshine. Saturday and Sunday were full of rain and a professed cold front seems to be arriving tomorrow.

Farming of any sort is not for the faint of heart. Imagine having your whole year's work and of course income destroyed by a few days of out of kilter weather? The world seems to celebrate actors, singers and money wizards en masse but the real stars of the world are farmers. Don't forget that all the money in the world is useless if there isn't any food to buy...We should start to celebrate farmers and their hard work not to mention the risks they face on a daily basis.

Next time you go to your grocery store give some thought to those hard working farmers and with your next sip of wine take some time to ponder the long labours involved in making the perfect tipple...

Getting everything ready for today's harvest. Cleanliness is next to Godliness...