Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Pumpkin harvest, and The Birds?

Colder nights are forecast for later this week, so today we brought the remaining pumpkins back to the house so that they are not affected by any low temperatures we may have. The ones that have ripened should keep for months, the green ones maybe not for so long, so we’ll eat them first. Although a friend has suggested that they may continue to ripen indoors.


Five pumpkins and two butternut squashes. We’ve already picked a butternut squash and two pumpkins, one which weighed 5 kilos and one, which we’re eating now, which weighed 10 kilos. The two bigger ones in this photo are even bigger. So far we used them to make soup, roasted chunks of them in the oven and puréed the roasted chunks to make a gratin with blue cheese – the simple recipe for this is on the Mediterranean cuisine blog. Today one of our friends passed by the garden and told us that you can make soufflé with pumpkin too, so we’re going to try that – if it works I’ll put the recipe on the blog.

The Birds

On the way back from Magalas we saw a remarkable sight – a huge flock of very small birds settled on the (not very busy) road. We watched them for about five minutes while I took a lot of photos. Each time a car came close they flew up into the sky and circled around the vineyards for just a few seconds before settling on the road again. There must have been hundreds, if not thousands, of them. There didn’t seem to be anything for them to feed on, so it’s a mystery why they were on the road. It seems a bit late in the year for birds to be gathering to migrate, but it’s possible they are migrating birds from further north either arriving here for the winter or just passing through. My researches on the internet and in bird books suggest they may have been Wood Larks. I’d welcome any other suggestions. They were much too small to be starlings.




And more autumn colour in the vineyards and in the garden


In the garden the rosemary and the roses have begun to flower again after the rain.

An awful reminder…

Land being flattened next to our garden as work begins on the new houses.

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The landscape seems to have been completely changed, trees destroyed and new vistas created.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

We have about 20 pumpkins that I brought back to the UK for winter, and at least 7 buttternuts. They will certainly keep us going for a while. For what we think is the best butternut soup ever see my website http://www.recipe.nidi.org.uk/Butternut_Soup.htm
It does not taste as good with ordinary pumpkin, but I made a similar one the other night with pumpkin where I stepped up the curry to give it a good curry flavour and it was delicious. Diane

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I forgot to mention how sorry I am about the buildings going up next to your garden, I hope it will not be the standard new buildings that are sprouting up all over the Charente, they look so unintersting. Thankfully this can not happen to us where we are. Diane

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

That bright yellow bulldozer is breaking my heart.

Jan said...

What a shame about the new houses next to your garden. They'll take a bit of getting used to, but hopefully they won't destroy the peace you have while gardening.