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So titled because Señora Mermelada is how I am known in Spain and these are photographs of the garden and its abundant produce that I turn into marmalades, jams, chutneys and liqueurs whilst there, with a couple of shots of the production process thrown in for good measure. When we get there next week neighbours will arrive with clean, emptied jars and expectant expressions in eager anticipation of this trip's batch. My Mermelada Volcanica (Chilli Jam) is particularly popular. In return they keep an eye on the property while we are away.

When I took over responsibility for the family property in 2005 the house was falling down (literally) and the garden was an overgrown wilderness. With help from our super gardener, Perran Houghton (V4) our builders Monasor, cartloads of money and hard graft on Garrath's and my part we have transformed the property into a pleasant, watertight, nicely decorated holiday home with a lovely, productive garden. The herb garden is my particular pride and joy (V's 2 & 10). FYI V1 is one of our two incredibly productive fig trees, hence the fig chutney in V5.

So here are photographs of the reason why I won't be around much until the end of September as we have no internet connection there. Plenty photos afterwards though as I am taking 2x16Gb, 2x32Gb, 1x64Gb memory cards plus a 2Tb external hard disk with me - along with 144 jars and lids!Thanks for looking and I hope that you enjoy at least some of them.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:various canon lenses
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Oct 2010 - 2:50 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Señora Mermelada's Garden
Username:LynneJoyce LynneJoyce
Uploaded:2 Sep 2012 - 6:37 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Photo journalism
Votes:56
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 6:45 AM

Your garden is a joy to behold, Lynne, with such a wonderful variety of fruit to turn into jams/chutneys etc. You must find it very difficult to leave and return to the UK, have you ever thought of staying there for good? All superb images, the one that appeals to me is V.14, with the promise of wonderful fresh lemons to come Smile Carol

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LynneJoyce
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2 Sep 2012 - 6:47 AM

A one-way ticket is our intention Carol!

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GarrathE
GarrathE e2 Member 6GarrathE vcard United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 - 7:12 AM

V1 for me! A bit of honey, set yoghurt, and cereal and it's instant breakfast!

@Carol: I can't wait to retire. That's when the one way tickets come into play.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 7:20 AM

Well Lynne, you go weeks without any contribution, then BANg, out pops another super-series of photographs. You are indeed quite privileged to have such a wonderful retreat in which to escape to, and carry on with your amazing work, and this produce images as stunning as these.

Regards Nathan

P.S. I hope you dreams come to fruition.

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 7:31 AM

A super set Lynne I bet that takes some looking after like v12 with the stawberrys.SmileSmile
Rob

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 7:37 AM

Impossible to decide between pomegranates and herbs lemons and honey.
All ican say is mouth watering and aa feast for the eyes and imagination . Great.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64445 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 8:00 AM

How exotic! I do so admire people with gardens like this and the way they produce the jams etc. from them. I'd love to be that sort of person, but sadly my fingers are so far from green as to be red. A superb documentary set.
x

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 8:16 AM

A wonderful garden and onviously your pride and joy. 'Rocket fuel' chillies Tongue! And I love your name Grin

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Lillian
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2 Sep 2012 - 8:20 AM

As I have a ''store'' of so many types of your goodies here
was and most interested to see these and will not only waylay you both on the way there
but on the way home!!!TongueTongue they all taste so good that have tried so far
They are all great shots Lynne, and love the presentation
Lillian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 8:34 AM

So many fine shots difficult to choose a fave I like 15 and 10 but all very good images

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 8:49 AM

Superb set of images, what a wonderful place to retreat too, with the added bonus of all that produce Smile

Hugh

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 9:04 AM

The Spanish say, 'You don't plant an olive tree for yourself, you plant it for your grandchildren.' Someone was very kind to to you many years ago.
Wonderful set.
Moira

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woolybill1
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2 Sep 2012 - 9:34 AM

An amazing record - and extremely good photographs.
Bill

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achieverswales

Excellent set of images from Spain Lynne, I do like them all, it reminds me of when we lived in Cyprus! A German friend did the same, she made the jam's and chutneys, but sold them at a craft fair, they were delicious, Have a great stay!

Regards

Trev.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 10:07 AM

Wonderful mouth watering set, Lynne: need to get that cooking pot out again.
Ronnie.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 10:46 AM

Looks like a wonderful place to be! Some excellent and inviting looking images. Have a great time away and happy cooking!!

Ann

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
2 Sep 2012 - 10:52 AM

Well a great selection, the only thing I have in that set is four fig trees and I'm the only one that likes them lol. like them all nice set, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
2 Sep 2012 - 11:00 AM

Bountiful produce ! A fabulous set ! Gill

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CaroleS
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2 Sep 2012 - 12:15 PM

A yummy collectionSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Carole

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 12:30 PM

A wonderful collection of fruits and herbs here, Señora Mermelada! Wink I wouldn't say no to one of those jars of chutney....Wink
Trev Smile

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43928 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 12:50 PM

A marvellous labour of love, Lynne, and how rewarding for you to see the exciting results of all that effort.
V15 is my fav. today for the detail in the prickly bits.
Enjoy September!

Malc

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Irishkate
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2 Sep 2012 - 12:50 PM

Marmalade in Spain isn't marmalade as we know it!
But I'll bet yours is top notch.
Love all of these as they tell your story of renovation
and creating a garden to provide delicious food.
How wonderful that you have the energy to garden and cook
and take photographs, then present them all so beautifully.
KateGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
2 Sep 2012 - 1:58 PM

Me gusta lo limpio de esta fotografía, como todas las que usted publica.. Las difruto mucho..

Suludos y muchas garcias por sus comentarios..

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AnnChown
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2 Sep 2012 - 3:08 PM

It's [almost] impossible to choose a favourite from this wonderful set Lynne - but those baby lemons in v14 just tip the balance for me. All in all a superb look into your garden and kitchen - thanks for this and I hope you have a wonderful month out there! Smile
Ann

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prabhusinha
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2 Sep 2012 - 4:10 PM

That makes U so motherly .

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 5:26 PM

Amazing! You've done a fantastic job. A lovely set of the fruits images..they are all nicely taken.. I especially fascinated by your kitchen work. I wonder if the lables on the bottles are your design.. you are very good at image like that. I like V11 very much.. great image, wonderful colour and reflection.. cosy and delightful! Great work.

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 - 8:33 PM

Great set Lynne, but it has to be V15 for me, Peter..
The arrow was pointing to some newly built apartments, mystery solved..

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Skeet1Away
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2 Sep 2012 - 8:38 PM

Lynne, another great set, I like v6............but hard to pick.



Paul.

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UrbaneMagick
2 Sep 2012 - 9:33 PM

I'm hungry now :-p

GarethSmile

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phil99
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2 Sep 2012 - 9:48 PM

Superb set of images .Have a a great time in Spain and good luck with all the garden produce etc....Phil

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barbarahirst
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3 Sep 2012 - 8:47 AM

Drooling over the keyboard I am.....
your chilli jam sounds wonderful
Enjoy your break... and look forward to when you get back

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wnbeat
wnbeat  836 forum posts Scotland
3 Sep 2012 - 1:22 PM

Another beautiful set of images , I especially like No 6 Smile
N

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mikbee
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3 Sep 2012 - 3:12 PM

A fruity upload from you here Lynne.I think that Carol has a cheek though.Suggesting you stay over there for good !! Please don't do that as I would miss you for one.I suppose I could come with you and give you a hand to run things over there.Due to my Emphezema however,I can't do any building work for you due to my breathlessness with fetching and carrying things.I think I would even get breathless if you asked me to carry all your heavy memory cards for you.I could do Perrans gardening job perhaps but I have no head for heights even on a little scaffolding tower like the one he has.Besides,I have read a couple of books about women who employ a gardener strictly for his good looks and nothing to do with his gardening prowess.I don't have any gardening prowess and have even less good looks.And as for growing a pony tail,you can forget that one !!
Mick.

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LynneJoyce
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3 Sep 2012 - 4:17 PM

OK Mick, I do admit that gardeners with eye candy appeal are a great asset and while Perran is quite pretty you should have seen his young Hungarian - PHEW!

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mikbee
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3 Sep 2012 - 4:46 PM

I always had you down as one of these ''Cougars'' I hear about Lynne !!

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3 Sep 2012 - 5:11 PM

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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3 Sep 2012 - 8:41 PM

Lynne,
Judging from V1 it seems you have the very same variety that we have in our yard here in California and ours is just as bountiful.
We have to keep picking them to stay ahead of the big beetles that fly in if the figs get over ripe.
So -- Sue and I are having figs in breakfast cereal and cut into green salads with goat cheese. Sue makes some great oat and fig bars as well.
She would love your chutney recipe.
-=\Walter

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4 Sep 2012 - 7:11 AM

An interesting and well taken set yet again Lynne - I'm orf...feeling hungry all of a sudden ! ...Bill

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Trev_B
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4 Sep 2012 - 8:31 AM

A beautiful garden that must make you feel very proud Lynne.. enjoy your time there.

Trev

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ChiliMan
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4 Sep 2012 - 2:44 PM

I've heard about your garden and that in itself was a treat. This is heavenly. I won't comment on the photography 'cos they are all superb, as always. I'm just basking in this series.

Those chillies look deee-LISH, by the way.

Of course I love V11 Smile To see jam-making 'in the flesh'. That is one bee-yoo-tiful pot too. And look, there's you in it! Grin

Thanks for sharing these with us, Senora Wink

Andrew

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4 Sep 2012 - 8:02 PM

Ola Senora Mermelada, Hope you enjoy your working holiday in sunny Spain. A cracking setof photographs Lynne. V6 must be my favourite seeing how much I enjoy oranges. All your hard work has paid off, the garden looks excellent as does the Nirvana Fig Chutney.
Ray

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 8:06 PM

Great selection of images exploring all the options available to you! Love V1 because I have struggles to shoot fig trees this summer but never thought of cleverly isolating the cardinal shapes like that. Great stuff!
Al

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Chinga
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13 Sep 2012 - 6:57 PM

Such wonderful mediterranean set... Love them all the figs, the oranges, the olives and most of all the cactus flower in V15! Grin IB

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