Must be almost Summer.


Life gives us lemons. LOTS of lemons. We love them. We regularly thank Mum and Dad for planting the tree thirty years ago, and right now it groans with yellow fruit. 

Life also gives us awesome friends. I'm lucky enough to have two particular Vanessas, both of whom I know I mention here frequently, and it can get confusing. 

There's Sydney Vanessa, also known as pole dancing Vanessa due to her spectacularly successful pole dancing studio business. Not to be confused with permaculture Vanessa, (whose garden I must take you on a tour of one day), who is on the farm over the road and whom I co-own the incubator with. 

Anyway, my wonderful long standing friend, pole dancing Vanessa – also the Vanessa who called the GAME ON competition by the way – visited this weekend with her two boys (the big boy had to stay behind and mind a brand new puppy who hasn't yet had his shots.)

Vanessa, in fact both Vanessas, are the kind of people who look at a heavily laden lemon tree and instead of (like me) thinking, oh look, an abundant lemon tree, they think: let's make lemonade, where's the ladder, get the kids, let's go.

I love those kinds of people. 




We also tried these crazy things procured some time ago by my friend Ben. 


They were sadly out of date and didn't really work. My fault. We should have tried them a year and a half ago. 



And in other happy news, we have ten Pymouth Rock chicks. TEN. Hip hooray!


Have you had a sunshiney weekend? 

Do you make homemade lemonade with sugar syrup on brown sugar? Seem to be the thing. 

Have you ever tried Miracle Fruit? Ben and I saw it on United States of Tara and he went to so much trouble to get this packet – I feel terrible I let it go out of date. By a long way. We kind of got the sense of it (you suck a lozenge then everything you eat, including lemon, tastes super sweet) but the lozenges tasted so bad and well, out of date, we couldn't eat them, and being almost entirely chemical free here I was a bit nervous about what I was letting the others in for! 



11 Comments on “Must be almost Summer.

October 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

I love how you have friends called “permaculture Vanessa” and “pole dancing Vanessa”. One of my best friends has several friends called Tracey, so I’m “belly Tracey” (not because I have a big belly, but cos I’m a belly dancer) and since I know several Sharon’s now too, she is also “belly Sharon”.
Hope your lemonade was lovely 🙂

October 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Looks like the kids had so much fun making Lemonade! Terrible confession, I have never made it, and wouldn’t know where to start. Feel free to post your recipe! We are still sorting out our garden after building, but planting a lemon tree is on my must-do list! I have a baby lime tree in a big pot on the patio that has just covered itself with flower buds, so summer drinks will be extra-lovely around here!

Penny Hannah
October 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

What joy to have a huge number of lemons. My immediate thought would have been ‘Lemon Curd’ or ‘Lemon Butter’, depending on which country I was thinking in! Hope you have time to make some – so good and so easy. Frozen lemon juice throughout the year would be wonderful too. It looks as though you all had a lovely day. What happened to all the debris? – lemon zest?, home made citrus cleaners?

October 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Love your blog. Look forward to visiting again

October 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

You should get your kid oranges and make them orange juice. They will love that.

October 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

Good friends, like good lemonade, can’t be beat! Looks like a wonderful weekend!

October 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I love the look and sound of your homemade lemonade. I have an old lemon tree in the backyard that didn’t fruit at all last year. We were going to chop it down this month and guess what? It started to flower again. Can’t wait to make my own lemonade.

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November 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

Love you!

Nancy in Canada
November 13, 2012 at 2:26 am

*crawls into blog room… desparately waves one arm… faints from lack of updates..*
PPSSSSTTTT: Did you take the summer off? 😉 We’re missing you! <3

November 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Nancy and I obviously missed you at the same time!

I just came to check all was okay and your just (‘just’!) busy.

November 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

And of course that was ‘you’re’, not ‘your’…


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