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Just a few pics of the vine we planted last year … the grapes are plentiful … as are the pips within them!

The vine was large enough to be split when we bought it so one upright has a single vine … the other has two climbing up and over it.

It has the protection of a polycarbonate roof … faces North and just keeps on growing! We shall give it the first prune sometime between December and January as advised to.

Making wine is not an option as we are pretty much teetotal these days … advice on making grape juice would be welcomed though … otherwise the Starlings will gorge on them soon!

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Hope the rest of us are allowed to look too - those grapes look very scrummy. I wonder if they would work in your plum cake, if you could be bothered to deseed them.

16 Sep, 2011

 

Lol, Steragram, you are most welcome to view this! ... I have been researching the methods for making grape juice ... just need some muslin or cheesecloth ... I knew I should have kept my cheesecloth dress from the late 70's! ... :o)

16 Sep, 2011

 

Looking good,Shirley..as you would have done in your cheesecloth dress :o)I had a shirt..before you say anything..they were called that,and not blouses..as you well know ! Lol.

16 Sep, 2011

 

Beautiful vine Shirley....cheers!!!

16 Sep, 2011

 

Reminds me of Kew Gardens.

17 Sep, 2011

 

That's nice. I tried an out-door vine once. It was there for many years, but not as much as one flower, never mind any grapes lol

17 Sep, 2011

 

Love that last photo, fab colours!

17 Sep, 2011

 

It just looks so lush and healthy and colourful....and it's made me hungry! :)) Thanks Shirley, a grape vine is a real thing of beauty. Did you ever see the ancient one in Hampton Court...amazing!

17 Sep, 2011

 

Your vine looks very healthy.

17 Sep, 2011

 

Wow that vine is a thing of beauty, stunning colours!

17 Sep, 2011

 

Sandra, I really loved my cheesecloth dress, it was calf length and the perfect material on a hot Summer's day, back in '76 I think, that really hot, hot, hot Summer! ... :o) . . . . .

Cheers indeed, Motty! . . . . .

Kew Gardens, Diane? ... I really must pay them another visit next year ... :o) . . . . .

Oh, Hywel, that's a shame about the lack of fruit or flowers ... :o( . . . . .

Thanks, Sandra, Gm and Carole ... no sun shining on it today though ... :o((( . . . . .

Ooh, Karen, the one at Hampton Court is amazing ... Michael has thoughts of ours covering the bungalow walls ... I just think about any creepy-crawlies coming in ... lol! ... :o)

17 Sep, 2011

 

wow they have done well shirley, well done and hope you get a recipe soon, have you googled it bet there are a few good recipes out there, they look lovely to and brighten a dreary day :o))

17 Sep, 2011

 

Hi San, I have checked out grape juice recipes ... just need some muslin or cheesecloth! Hmm ... maybe the chemists would sell muslin? ... Is it raining with you today? ... OH watched Blackburn footie on TV and it was tipping down ... :o(

17 Sep, 2011

 

hi shirley yes rain on and off all day shirley but after work i got out there and cleared my pond out, couldnt believe all the pond weed and pond plant i took out, filled a large bucket, after i went and got some barley straw to help keep it clear and also a new net, so fishies look happy again lol, got a bit wet but managed not to fall in haha.
i think a good chemist would shirley or a good material shop for what you need :o))

17 Sep, 2011

 

Oh, well done on the pond clearing, San ... love your pond and remember it being built! ... Instead of muslin it's been suggested to use a clean white handkerchief ... not sure if we have any hankies in the house these days ... I'll go to the material shop for inspiration! :o)

17 Sep, 2011

 

thanx shirley, there was a mummy and baby frog while i was clearing, i do hope they survive the winter unlike last year i lost all the frogs. good luck with the straining materilals :o)))

17 Sep, 2011

 

As you may remember, San, our pond is small, no fish, but there are 3 frogs ... caught Megan sitting on the pond edge ... with her tail swishing the water ... totally stupid cat! .. :o)

17 Sep, 2011

 

If you can't find any muslin you can get away with using ordinary woven cotton, preferably not too closely woven. You could also use a leg off old tights.

17 Sep, 2011

 

Genius idea, Steragram, thankyou for that! ... :o)

17 Sep, 2011

 

lovely vine shirley.....

18 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks, Holly, I hope we have some more sunny days to ripen the fruit ... unlike today! .. :o(((

18 Sep, 2011

 

The vine looks lovely Shirley,it hasnt taken long to get to that height has it ? & fruit on it too, we have one in the garden..this is its second year & we have not had one flower on it yet..its a Sauvignon Blanc my fingers are x for next year..

18 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks, Joan, last year the grapes were stripped off by Starlings ... it was like Hitchcock's 'The Birds' film ... very scary! ... I shall wait a while longer and then attempt to make grape juice ... I wonder why your vine isn't producing flowers? . . . . .

18 Sep, 2011

 

ha ha that was a frightening film...i dont know why no flowers..it is growing great & leaves are healthy..it gets one more chance to sort itself out next year..:o)

18 Sep, 2011

 

I bet it's quivering in fright, Joan! ... :o))))

18 Sep, 2011

 

not to bad today shirley is it.... but isnt it getting cold morning and night....

19 Sep, 2011

 

not to bad today shirley is it.... but isnt it getting cold morning and night....

19 Sep, 2011

 

not to bad today shirley is it.... but isnt it getting cold morning and night....

19 Sep, 2011

 

That looks lovely Shirley my leaves on mine have gone autumnal but our grapes are just beginning to turn red although I tried one yesterday and it was still a little sharp tasting:)

19 Sep, 2011

 

Ooh, Holly, your message is in triplicate!! Bit of a shock at 6.30am when I put the rubbish out for collection ... very chilly! . . . . .

Thanks Nana d ... the leaves are such a feature that I don't mind if the Grapes are full of pips ... I tried a couple today ... quite sweet but just too 'pippy' ! ... Hope yours sweeten up soon ... :o)

19 Sep, 2011

 

Hi Shirley, wonderful, healthy vines and the grapes look so succulent - lucky old starlings - and think of the gorgeors creme brulee you could make.

20 Sep, 2011

 

Creme Brulee? ... You've lost me now! . . . . .

20 Sep, 2011

 

Just caught up with this we made some beautiful grape juice with ours, did not bother with muslin used a sieve, was delicious.

2 Nov, 2011

 

Surely you remember Creme Brulee? It was a great favourite in the seventies; All you need are some desert grapes, some of which you put in small individual bowls, sprinkle with sweet wine, then cover with whipped cream and sprinkle liberally with demerara sugar. Then place under hot grill to carmelise the sugar. I LOVE IT, and still make it occasionally. Do try it.
Sorry this comment is so late, but I tend to get bogged down with this site. There is so much to do on here, but I still love it;...

3 Nov, 2011

 

Yes, Dotty, I saw your blog on the Grape juice ... there was too much going on at that time for me to think about doing the same! ... Always next year ... :o)

Hmm, Breda .... OH reckons it was around the same time as Rum Babas and Black Forest Gateau! ... I haven't a hope of ever catching up on GoY ... I think we all feel that way at times! ... :o))

3 Nov, 2011

 

Your OH is absolutely right; and wasn'it a lovely time. I know we were having a great time then, at a time when we all began to think we were rich, and we were, in a way. Happy days;...

3 Nov, 2011

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