Monday, December 13, 2010

MY WORLD ~ Nunkarrie Cherry Farm

This afternoon my camera and I went to Nunkarrie Cherry Farm
outside of Mt.Pleasant South Australia. Normally at this time of
the year business is booming. This year we have had huge rains
just as the first cherries were ready to pick. Cherries are two weeks
late this year due to unseasonably low temperatures throughout
our spring as well as heavy rains. So much for global warming.

Some of the cherries almost ready for picking. Sam, the best
farmer I know and not just for cherries, has the whole orchard
netted and grows exhibition standard, perfumed roses by the
hundred in the netted eves of the orchard.

Normally these cherries would be ripe for the Christmas market.
People expect cherries for Christmas and sales thereafter tend
to drop off. The loss this year will be doubled with a reduced crop
and no market when it finally is ripe.

In a normal year I have seen the trees with props under the
branches to hold the weight with all the branches ringed with
fruit and hardly a leaf showing.

Ever the indomitable, smiling Sam, doing the work of six men
and making a go of whatever he does. You may remember my
trip to the Flinders Ranges where Sam and Janet flew up to
Hawker with their three dogs to make up beds for the four of
us as well as cooking us dinner.

Cherry preserves and other produce set out like a feast with
the wafting scent of roses pervading all.

Janet the gentle, holding the fort in the cherry shed, painter
and friend extrordinaire, carries everything off with a smile.

Even outside the cherry orchard there are roses as there are
in many parts of the farm.

I hope you can hear me munching cherries as I type he, he. he . . .

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  1. Mmm, delicious pictures.. i love cherries:)

  2. Linda postagem! As cerejas estão lindas, e as rosas também!

  3. You've provided me a delightful view of your world! Cherries are my favorite, I love finding an orchard and picking buckets of them. I make a pie or two and then freeze the rest. I believe a cherry tree laden with fruit is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. The ripe cherries against a blue sky is a bit like a slice of heaven. We may be on opposite sides of the world, but these are the things that let us realize we are a community. thanks for sharing.

  4. I can’t imagine covering an entire orchard, I try to cover my three blueberries and the birds still find a way in to the enclosure. Cherries are the first fruit of the season, I can’t imagine people not grabbing them up even if they are late.

  5. How wonderful to eat cherries at Christmas! We eat apples, nuts and fruit that is imported. Your photos are excellent like always. Thanks for your visit and comment. You have seen more Van Gogh's paintings than I. I only saw the paintings in Amsterdam, and in Hoenderloo's Kröller-Müller museum.

  6. Gorgeous captures as always, Arija! I love cherries and blue skies! You have both! Thanks as always for the look at your beautiful world! Enjoy your week!


  7. Those cherries look so good. I am always looking for good producing cherry trees. My old one died after 13 years. Nice photos too.

  8. The cherries look so healthy! No wonder the birds try to get some. What a treat for Christmas!

  9. They look wonderful.Can send me some via the internet? Ha! HA!

  10. Ja, also ich hörte Dich gerade beim Kirschen "mampfen". Die beiden Farmer sehen sehr sympathisch und auch zufrieden mit ihrem Werk aus. Frischer Kirschen sind schon etwas wunderbares auf das ich nun noch ca. 7 Monate warten muß. Und statt Rosen haben wir zur Zeit reichlich Eisblumen hier in Deutschland;-)) Ich wünsche Dir noch eine schöne Woche und sende liebe Grüße von Luzia.

  11. We are just getting over a blizard and you're looking at roses while eating cherries. There is something wrong here. Great presentation. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

  12. The cherries looks so tempting! I would love to have cherries on the Christmas table.

  13. Hi Arija, the cherries look delicious, and a rose heaven also delicious. I have heard that the cherries will be in short supply this Xmas. You are at the source so you can eat lots of them.

  14. Oh the captures of cherries make my mouth water.

    Mine is here

  15. Cherries,Apples,and peaches my favorites. Snow here in Ohio.. Enjoy your Spring and Summer

  16. In my world the cherries and roses have run their course. Your pictures show that they still bloom somewhere. Thanks for sharing these lovely reminders of their sweet taste and scent.

  17. Beautiful shots. I love those bright red cherries.

  18. That looks both beautiful and delicious! There won't be any fresh local fruit in my part of the world for a long time yet.

  19. Those are like championship cherries. I'm so glad that Australia is warm so we have counterpoint to lowering temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

  20. Glad you were able to get some cherries for your Christmas! Global warming felt like a sure thing last July and August, but not now. We are at 21 F with wind making it seem like 0.

  21. wow that is an amazingly beautiful world out there!

  22. ummm yum
    i love cherries!
    so fun to see you in a completely different season than we are in.

  23. wow, luscious photos! i love cherries but they're so expensive here.:( the flowers are gorgeous!

  24. Such a delicious post.. those cherries look luscious!

  25. the cherries look so fresh and delish. love the vivid colours.

  26. teh yellow-red ones......send it to Sweden immediately! We NEVER get cherries this time of year. Only for a short period in July. :(

    It is colder then usual here as well. But I think it is warm in the arctics. :(

  27. You're munching and my mouth's watering!! These are wonderful pictures, Arija. Cherries don't grow here and I've never seen one. They look gorgeous and delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope it didn't take long for my page to load this time.

    Have a great week!

  28. Cherry looks so yummy! I miss bright sunlight...
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

  29. Those cherries looks so good! The roses are beautiful. Looks like a great place to visit.


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