Garden Talk

Fruit Trees

The most popular type of fruit trees are still the old favourites; Cox’s Orange Pippin’ for an eating apple and ‘Bramley’ for the culinary apple. There is, however, an increasing interest in the more traditional Norfolk apples (such as ‘Adam’s Pearmain’ and Norfolk ‘Royal’. Several other types of fruit trees are available including plums, apricots, peaches and pears (including Norfolk varieties such as ‘Blickling’ and wonderfully named ‘Hacon’s Incomparable’, which originated in Downham Market), cherries, quince and the ‘Medlar’, a very old fruit mentioned as far back as 300BC. It’s main use is as an accompaniment to meat dishes when cooked. To be used, the fruit must be almost rotted or bletted, as the naturally ripe fruit is far too sour.

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Favor Parker

The debate continues

Glory be, we are not alone as I thought. Suddenly it seems there are others who share our thoughts; suddenly we are not the only voice in the wilderness.

I, of course, refer to the debate on Favor Parker. Hopefully, from this debate can come some concerted action, but can it really? Several years ago I spoke with someone in the village who had tried to do something about it and they had got absolutely no where; they said that nobody ever would.

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Rector’s Letter

Act in love not hate

As I write this I am also preparing for Remembrance Sunday. As I do so I am particularly attracted by Isaiah 2:4, “God shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

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Guernsey

A letter from your correspondent in the Channel Islands

Having just read a couple of emails from friends in West Norfolk about the first snow showers and icy, frosty mornings, I’m feeling vaguely smug as the mild airs of Guernsey wash around us, keeping at bay the harsher winter weather. We did have a brief flurry of hail one day last week … but weather fronts come and go very quickly and there are still the hardy (or foolhardy?!) taking their daily swims in the sea off the West Coast or in the sea-filled bathing pools nearby. Yesterday I noticed the first camellia in flower and the first azalea, and a week earlier was pleased to see young primrose and Guernsey wild garlic leaves and even a wood violet in bloom – invigorated by recent showers. However, I hope these brief showers are not a precursor of many to come, as they were last year. So far, so good though …

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