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Apple Picking & Kunekune

Apple Picking | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Paprika and I went for apple picking last Saturday. We initially had an other plan, but in the end it was all good to visit the Ration Creek orchard in Pauatahanui, nearby Porirua, 20-minute drive from Wellington.
I remember visiting the orchard two years ago, late in the season when there were only granny smith apples left.
I wanted this time to pick the red varieties they grow in the orchard as well.

And the apples were plentiful, so we loaded our bucket. The orchard is also home to two friendly kunekune. They came near the fence oinking in hope of getting our attention and being gifted an apple or two.

Apple Picking | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Kunekune Pig | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Kune Kune Pig | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Apple Picking | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Apple Picking | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Autumn has officially started here, yet the weather has remained quite summery for now. And I’m very grateful for that…

Wish you all a great week-end !

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Makara

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Makara Coastline

Let’s go down a narrow and winding road to a little village called Makara.
The interest of this seaside village is not really the pebble beach, but rather the view to enjoy after walking along the coastline and then climbing up the steep hills.
On a clear day, you get a glimpse of the Marlborough sounds on the other side of the strait. And to fully enjoy the serenity of the place, always choose a windless day, as it can be very exposed.

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Makara Diptych Buffalo and Bush

For me, what gives also some charm to this place is the little valley where the road passes along green pastures and follows the gentle stream running to the sea.
It’s just half an hour from the CBD, but you feel totally immersed in the country.

Depending on the season, I like to see how the light, vegetation and colours give a different feeling to this place yet with a constant sens of harmony.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Buffalo
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Poney Makara

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From the Farm

Sinemage Blueberry

Let’s go back to last week-end.
While some were egg hunting, Paprika and I went for blueberry picking.

Not having the chance to own an [edible] garden, I really enjoy the pick your own experience: A way to be in contact with nature and to know the source of what feed us.

The Blueberry Farm is located in the Akatarawa valley, 45 minutes drive from Wellington, in a very quiet surrounding, along a river.
And this organic farm seems to be a popular place with families.

Sinemage blueberry farm pukeko

Going there at this time of the year was like a pleasant sensory experience.

Smell the fresh air.
Walk on a thick and damp grass.
Hear children, bucket in hand, happily babbling while picking fruits.
Peck like birds and taste the sweet -and sometimes slightly acid- berry.
Look at the light on shrubs that already turned into a nice shade of red and collect lovely blue pearls delicately dangling from branches.

Sinemage Blueberry picking

At the end, our bucket weighed more than 700g.

Posted along the driveway leading to the farm, little signs suggest many different ways to eat or prepare blueberries. We have already tried some of them, but the oven being still faulty, I won’t make the tart I wanted to…

Anyway, I’m coming back soon with something blue…

Sinemage Blueberry branch

To learn more about the team behind the Blueberry farm, please read the article from Life and Leisure magazine.

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