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Aphrodisiac qualities of blackcurrants

Our blackcurrant bushes certainly seem to have set the ladybirds going . . .

Ladybirds on blackcurrant leaves in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

They’re at it everywhere . . .

Ladybirds on blackcurrant leaves in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Fortunately, we don’t take a ‘not in my back yard’ approach . . .

Ladybirds on blackcurrant leaves in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . as we hope it’ll work up their appetite for eating aphids.

Meanwhile, a bee decided to ignore these goings-on by drinking . . .

Bee drinking from apple blossom in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . from the apple blossom . . .

Bee drinking from apple blossom in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

. . . while a robin landed on the fence looking very pleased with itself . . .

Robin with insect in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

He’d got a takeaway in his beak . . .

Robin with insect in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

It looked like an insect, but I couldn’t tell exactly . . .

Robin with insect in garden in Ilfracombe, North Devon

It was certainly eat, drink and be merry in our garden this lunchtime.

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Apple blossom opens up this morning

In the garden, our two apple trees change daily . . .

Apple blossom in Ilfracombe, North Devon

This morning the apple blossom opened up . . .

Apple blossom in Ilfracombe, North Devon

I hope the number of flowers means we will get lots of fruit this year!

Apple blossom in Ilfracombe, North Devon
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The crispy crunch of a . . .

. . . home-grown apple is one of the delights of late summer and early autumn. We’ve got two small apple trees and this year they have borne more fruit than ever before.

Apples ripening in the sun

Apples ripening in the sun

While an apple bought from a supermarket may be bigger, rounder, shinier and smoother than one straight off a tree that is bumpy, misshapen or smaller, it’s unlikely to offer the same full flavour.

Green apples on the tree

Green apples on the tree

When you pick them, you know that these apples have not been sprayed with chemicals or transported by chiller van: they are fresh.

Greensleeve apples picked and eaten in September

Greensleeve apples picked and eaten in September

They really don’t take much looking after, but their taste cannot be beaten.

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