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Señora Mermelada's Garden

By LynneJoyce  
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.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Sep 2012 6:45AM
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 Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 6:47AM
A one-way ticket is our intention Carol!
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:12AM
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.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:20AM
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.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:31AM
A super set Lynne I bet that takes some looking after like v12 with the stawberrys.SmileSmile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
2 Sep 2012 7:37AM
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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
2 Sep 2012 8:00AM
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.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Sep 2012 8:16AM
A wonderful garden and onviously your pride and joy. 'Rocket fuel' chillies Tongue! And I love your name Grin

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:20AM
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
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:34AM
So many fine shots difficult to choose a fave I like 15 and 10 but all very good images
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:49AM
Superb set of images, what a wonderful place to retreat too, with the added bonus of all that produce Smile

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:04AM
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.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:34AM
An amazing record - and extremely good photographs.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
2 Sep 2012 9:40AM
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!


RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Sep 2012 10:07AM
Wonderful mouth watering set, Lynne: need to get that cooking pot out again.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
2 Sep 2012 10:46AM
Looks like a wonderful place to be! Some excellent and inviting looking images. Have a great time away and happy cooking!!

Tibetan 5 3 England
2 Sep 2012 10:52AM
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
2 Sep 2012 11:00AM
Bountiful produce ! A fabulous set ! Gill
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 12:15PM
A yummy collectionSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Sep 2012 12:30PM
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
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
2 Sep 2012 12:50PM
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!

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 12:50PM
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.
Me gusta lo limpio de esta fotografía, como todas las que usted publica.. Las difruto mucho..

Suludos y muchas garcias por sus comentarios..
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 3:08PM
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
2 Sep 2012 4:10PM
That makes U so motherly .
xwang 9 56 8
2 Sep 2012 5:26PM
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.
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:33PM
Great set Lynne, but it has to be V15 for me, Peter..
The arrow was pointing to some newly built apartments, mystery solved..
2 Sep 2012 8:38PM
Lynne, another great set, I like v6............but hard to pick.

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:33PM
I'm hungry now :-p

phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:48PM
Superb set of images .Have a a great time in Spain and good luck with all the garden produce etc....Phil
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 8:47AM
Drooling over the keyboard I am.....
your chilli jam sounds wonderful
Enjoy your break... and look forward to when you get back
wnbeat 12 56 Scotland
3 Sep 2012 1:22PM
Another beautiful set of images , I especially like No 6 Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Sep 2012 3:12PM
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 !!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 4:17PM
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!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Sep 2012 4:46PM
I always had you down as one of these ''Cougars'' I hear about Lynne !!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 5:11PM
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
3 Sep 2012 8:41PM
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.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
4 Sep 2012 7:11AM
An interesting and well taken set yet again Lynne - I'm orf...feeling hungry all of a sudden ! ...Bill
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
4 Sep 2012 8:31AM
A beautiful garden that must make you feel very proud Lynne.. enjoy your time there.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Sep 2012 2:44PM
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

Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 8:02PM
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.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 8:06PM
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!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 6:57PM
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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