Tuesday, 10 November 2009

"The Owl And The Pussy Cat"

Q IS FOR?



QUINCE AND APPLE DAY!

"They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon
They danced by the light of the moon." - Edward Lear


Not so long ago when the leaves were still hanging on to the trees, we spent an afternoon here where an Apple and Quince Day was taking place.

We walked past this beautiful gate leading to the walled garden where ~



There was a storyteller underneath the apple trees recounting tall tales of dragons and far away lands ~



A quince trail was taking place - sadly no signs of the owl and the pussycat,but there were were old friends to greet - Flora and the Three Little Pigs.





There were old varieties of quinces and apples to ponder over ~






Before walking underneath this living archway leading to the kitchen garden ~



Where there was still of blaze of colour from dahlias and pumpkins ~





Back to the one of the stalls to buy a jar of locally produced quince fruit cheese and then out of the garden, taking our leave by the way of this wall ~



On a quest to find out more about the letter Q quick over to ABC Wednesday now !

23 comments:

  1. What a delightful tour you've taken us on! Lovely photos and words -- always loved "The Owl and the Pussycat", as did my kids! What a beautiful place!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  2. I wonder who made that gate, it's beautiful. Flora and the pigs are adorable, every garden should have some. Altogether a grand day out. Yan

    ReplyDelete
  3. I enjoyed this stroll through the garden. What a beautiful living archway. Great Q post.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow Anna, that looks like a great day. I love the gate and the walled tunnel is pretty fabulous as well!
    I would love to have a quince tree, but I do not think that they are hardy in Canada.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lasr year we had a great quince harvest and this year's is rubbish - no quince jelly, no quince and apple puddings. Must have been the spring weather I suppose but not quite sure how.
    Great pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have heard of Quince jelly but never Quince cheese. What does it taste like?
    The Apple and Quince days looks like a lot of fun.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Don't think I've ever eaten quince anything; will have to try.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Lovely tour ! The archway is simply amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Loved the tour. I had forgotten about "quince." I felt like I was reading to my children when small again... Gorgeous archway.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a delightful tour - I so enjoyed it - thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Anna~~ Looks like the perfect way to spend and autumn afternoon. I could kill for that gate! :) And the living allee causes me to wish for a bigger plot of land.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I did Quince this time last year Anna :)

    I love the Spanish version of quince cheese - membrillo. Yum.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Ooh, I do like a nice quince jelly or jam! And your title makes me want to go to a pub... or add an owl to my animals companions! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello Anna, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a message.
    That was a lovely tour - visiting gardens is a great way to gain inspiration and especially when they have theme days, like apples and quinces. The living arch is really pretty.
    I love the Edwar Lear quote - I have used it on my blog too!

    Jeanne

    ReplyDelete
  15. Don't quince look great on the tree.

    Sometimes the fruit hangs on a good while after the leaf drop.

    Qince cheese is perfect with a salty blue cheese, particulary one made from ewe's milk.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh Anna, every word, every picture was sublime! The storyteller looked the part in his hat and jacket too. Storytelling is quite big in east Tennessee. There is a festival in October that is well attended by people from all over the world. I love Edward Lear, loved quinces and apples, love the GATE!!!!, and the long wall. Thanks for a most enjoyable post. :-)
    Frances

    ReplyDelete
  17. It looks like a perfect fall day outing. The garden gate is stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a wonderful quince day. Like everyone else I am mesmerised by the gate. Norton Priory is going on my list of places to visit.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Loved following the quince trail with you and seeing the gardens and other treasures. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog about blogging!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Beautiful photos, Anna! Always enjoyed Lear's poem, and what a lovely setting for listening to storytellers. I don't think I've ever eaten quince or quince jam; now I'm curious, I may have to go shopping for some.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Let me echo what Rose said...I've never had quince anything...nor have I seen quince on any of the small shrubs in the neighborhood. Anna, That garden gate is wonderful and I would love to take my leave from a garden by that beautiful wall! gail

    ReplyDelete
  22. One of my favourite poems to read to my children when they were young. It looks like a great day out. I just love that gate.

    ReplyDelete

All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.