Saturday, 17 October 2009

Apple Day


It's Apple Day in Edinburgh and this morning we went along to Bridgend Community Allotment Gardens to join in the celebrations. There was a selection of apples, pies and crumbles to taste along with the chance to press some apple juice. We had a nice wander round the allotments too, they're totally organic and have some plots that are managed by community groups as well as plots gardened by individuals and families.

Actually the best apples in Edinburgh grow in Crafty Green Boyfriend's parents' garden, we don't know what variety they are but they're deliciously sweet and juicy.

The photo is of an artichoke plant at Bridgend Allotments.

38 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

You know, our second dog....Edward's best friend...is named Apple. I shall be sure and tell her a celebration is underway in Edinburgh just for her!!

Happy Weekend!

steven said...

i love apples - i can't eat them raw anymore. something strange happens to me unless they're cooked. i sued to love the rough apples - you know - the ones that weren't all shiny and monochrome. cool to celebrate a fruit!!!! steven

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I love apples! What a fun shadow shot for Apple Day!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

bobbie said...

I love apples too.

And I have never seen an artichoke plant growing before. This is lovely!

Beverley Baird said...

Great shot!
Our recent apple was held by the boy scouts to raise money by selling apples!
Love them in apple crisp especially!

Jasmine said...

Artichokes are wonderful, and beautiful. I like architectural plants.

Hot Fudge said...

Apple Day in Edinburgh sounds simply marvellous. We were in your beautiful city in late August before travelling to Alness where my ancestors came from. We then attended a wedding which meandered from Kirkwall to Stromness - wonderful. Who needs transport when you can blow around in the Orcadian wind?

sarayutouched said...

happy apple day!!! love the shadows on the pedals.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hope my comment has saved.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Or NOT...

I just want to tell you again, that the petal shadow is nice and subtle.

Love apple too. Now, am drooling thinking a good warm apple pie with a vanilla ice cream toppings, huh?

Care to join? §;-)

Sweet Repose said...

I just munched on the biggest, sweetest, red, juicy apple grown right here in Iowa...nuttin' like it!

Patti said...

Ooh, I love apples as well. And this is the season to enjoy them ~

First time I've seen an artichoke plant. Interesting.

Thanks for visiting my blog. ;-)

Titus said...

Wow! I love apples, wished I'd known earlier - it was a fine day for a drive. Actually, it was a better day for roaming around by the river, which we did, but I still would have loved to be there.
I have a "double" apple tree in my garden, with 2 varieties grafted onto a single roostock. Don't the name of either of them. Nearly always mottled skins, but the flesh of both delicious (eaters).
Let's hear it for garden apples! (though my pear's better, and I never thought it would fruit so well so far north - it's a mega-cropper).
Lovely artichoke pic.

Thomma Lyn said...

Oooh, gorgeous pictures, and Apple Day sounds like it was fun. I like apples, too. We have an apple tree in our hard, but it doesn't produce the best apples in the world -- they're hard and knotty and sometimes wormy. At their best, they're okay for baking. :)

Thomma Lyn said...

Ack... meant to say, "we have an apple tree in our YARD." :)

Eryl Shields said...

I thought that didn't look like an apple, but I never quite recognise them until they're in a pie.

I love allotments and would love to do a writer's residency in one.

moe lauher said...

I always love reading your postings - from apples to artichokes. :)

Ralph said...

I like the positioning of the shadows here. The darker part of the frame allows the brilliance and the form of this flower show through. A fine mix of dark and bright keeps us looking and looking...

Michelle Johnson said...

i think that pressing that apple juice would have been very interesting. did you have the chance to do it? have a great night.

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Rabbits' Guy said...

By golly. I picked our three apple trees just the other day - one armed! Several nice boxes .. one variety called Melrose is on our blog a couple posts back.

Then BL did make a hot apple pie and we had it with melting french vanilla ice cream - two pieces actually .. oh - gee - sorry =:<)

Lucy said...

Aren't artichoke flowers wonderful? And I love the chestnut banner.

Cathy said...

Pressed apple juice...yummy. Apples are one of my favourite things to eat. When we bought a tree for our garden last year we went for a Persian Ironwood because they grow anywhere and the leaves turn beautifully red in autumn. Our tree has not done well since planting. I wish I had bought an apple tree now.

We have allotments around my area and I love to just stand and watch the activity when I am out walking. Some of them have been threatened by the council wanting the land for homes but the allotment lobby is very strong and there is a long waiting list.

Greyscale Territory said...

Delightful subtle shadows roam all through your delightful photo!

Deb G said...

Made apple cake yesterday. One apple from my garden, one from my parent's tree, one that was grown locally.

Pam said...

This is the first I have seen of a blooming Artichoke plant. It is quite unique. Great shadow shot.

whizkid said...

a day dedicated to apples! :) nice idea. and wonderful shadow shot of that artichoke.

have a great week.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Are those strawberry plants I see in the shade there?
Is it possible to grow another apple tree like the one in Crafty Green boyfriend's parents garden, I wonder - there are apples and there are apples, but that one sounds worth propagating somehow!

Diahn said...

I love those shadows from the petals of the artichokes - they really lead the eye into the center of that lovely flower...

Paula said...

I know you from The Qi Papers! Diana is a good blogging bud of mine.

Do the buns get to taste those apples or are you keeping them a secret? It looks like you had a great day.

storyteller at Sacred Ruminations said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL celebration! I love this beautiful artichoke blossom, but I confess that love to EAT artichokes even more ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Carin said...

Never knew artichoke plants had such lovely blue flowers! It amazes me even more that it flowers like that in Scotland. Thanks for sharing.

Pacey said...

I would have loved to try this activity out as it doesn't happen here in my part of the world. GReat shadows.

Catherine said...

sounds a great day...and great shot..

M.Kate said...

Nice artichoke, we have them imported here and I have seen them here but dont know how to cook them..Happy week ahead.

Twinkle Star Art said...

Sounds like a lovely day and what a pretty shadow shot. I love eating fresh apples straight from the tree. The shop ones just don't taste the same.

Sam said...

Winter is apple season, isn't it? We've just finished ours here - such a shame as I adore them. Great shot here and I must say I love that photo of the River Leith for the refelctions post too - such a charming part of the world you live in!

Jane ... said...

You captured unique shadows on the artichoke plant! I had not seen one before either! Happy new week!