Prior to the visit we paid them two weeks ago, the last time I had got to see the parents and their garden was in spring. As we were already approaching mid-autumn and the weather had started to turn a bit chilly, I had assumed that there would not be anything interesting for me to look forward to at the parents’ garden.
But I was wrong … so wrong … much to my happy surprise.
While I had been busy foraging and picking free nuts and fruits closer to home in Lausanne, I had forgotten about the many freebies that would be waiting to be picked at the parents! 🙂
The first thing that caught my eyes as soon as we arrived was these lovely looking tomatoes which were growing not far from the front door.
Just a few metres away at the side of the house, I saw more red tomatoes basking in the sun. And they were also cherry tomatoes growing near the terrace at the back of the house as well as in the potager.
Oh my … I could not believe that the parents still had that many tomatoes growing and ripening when the ones on our balcony were already nearing the end of their lives! This year was definitely the year of the tomatoes at the parents’. Lucky them!
Just across the tomato plants growing in the rectangular container at the side of the house was this small apple tree laden with fruits.
Despite not having been treated with any chemical pesticides, they were very healthy … and juicy … and sweet … and crunchy. In other words, they were delicious!
Another apple tree growing near the copse, unfortunately, had been badly ravaged by squirrels. There were only two small apples left on the tree when I arrived.
When the daddy-man asked me a few days later whether I wanted to help him pick all the apples from the tree, I was more than happy to offer my assistance. 😀
And then, there was also the nashi pears. These, however, are the fruits of the male nashi pear tree. There were still loads of these pears on the trees mainly because, unlike the fruits of the female tree which are very sweet, these male ones are not.
They did look yummy and they were certainly very juicy … but because of their bland taste, even the squirrels seemed to be uninterested in them … preferring to go for the apples much to the daddy-man’s frustration. I had missed picking the female nashi pears in summer and so I was looking forward to picking some of these. But after having tasted this male fruit, I decided to give them a miss too lah!
Fortunately, there was the hubby’s favourite fruit that I could pick … the kiwis. This year, however, was definitely not the year of the kiwis at the parents.
While we were there, the daddy-man asked us to help him pick all the kiwis from the tree.
It did not take long for us to finish the job because this was all the kiwis that were hanging from the tree! Oh well, better some than none at all.
And my new favourite fruit … the figs. As I did not know that fresh figs were quite delicious, for the past several years, I had never bothered myself with the fruit even when the daddy-man had offered some to me. I had tried dried figs before and found them not to be to my liking. So I had assumed that the fresh fruit too would not be to my liking.
I am so glad that I chose to give the fresh fruit a try this year because if I had not …
… I would have missed these fresh figs from the parents’ garden! But in our zealousness to pick the fruits, I think that the hubby and I picked a few unripe ones as well! Oh well … we shall do better on our next fig picking lah! hehehe … 😀
And last but not least, the potager outside the greenhouse was also brimming with luscious and healthy looking salad greens.
It was a pity that we could not bring lots of them home with us (since they would not continue to remain fresh even if kept in the fridge) … because the parents would not be eating all of them. Used to the salads bought from the supermarket, the daddy-man finds the texture of these salads to be not quite to his liking. So a lot of them will soon be making their way to the compost bin … haizzz. What a waste of good and healthy food!