Travel theme: Fruit

Ooh, there’s a distinct nip in the air and harvest time is drawing close up here in the northern hemisphere. Everywhere I turn tree branches are bowed low under the weight of their fruit, which has inspired me to go looking for fruit-filled photos from my travels, like this peach orchard in eastern Washington…

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… neatly arranged berries at a Californian farmers’ market…

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… and these wooden apple crates lining the roads through Methow Valley’s apple orchards.

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In Rome, there were oranges and orange groves galore …

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… in Guatemala coffee cherries ripened around future coffee beans…

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… and in Ireland sloes dripped heavy from the hedgerows, just waiting to be made into sloe gin.

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So how do you like them apples (and oranges and sloes)? If you’re feeling peachy and would like to cherry-pick some photos to create your own interpretation of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Fruit
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. – Khalil Gibran

One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul. – Henry David Thoreau

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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82 Responses to Travel theme: Fruit

  1. aj vosse says:

    Gosh! I’ve just prepped the post for the other challenge and guess what? I used a photo of thi season’s blackberries… I’ll have to find something autumn fresh for your challenge!!! 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Mmm blackberries, I’m getting ready to make some blackberry brandy! ‘Tis the season. 🙂

      • aj vosse says:

        Aaaah… please pass on the recipe!!! Please, please, pretty please!! I was out today and could have come home wit at least a kilo… no bag in sight for collecting!! 😉

        • ailsapm says:

          Oh yes, no problem. It’s pretty easy. Grab a bottle of brandy – doesn’t have to be an expensive brand, the blackberry is going to take over anyway. For a 70cl bottle of brandy use about 320g of blackberries and 160g of sugar. Get a 1.5 or 2L Kilner Jar or similar, pop in the berries and sugar, add the brandy, close the lid and give the jar a gentle shake to mix everything together. Store in a dark cupboard, give jar a shake once a day until all the sugar has dissolved, then just pop by once a week to give it another shake. After about 3 months it’s ready to strain and bottle – I recommend you make 2 batches – cos you won’t be able to resist drinking some of it for Christmas, but it gets better as it ages so you can leave the second batch to age longer if you like. 🙂

          • aj vosse says:

            Thanks!! Rum?? Will it work?? I’d rather put rum in my body… brandy makes me wanna do strange things! Fight!! 😉

          • ailsapm says:

            Yes, rum will work too, so will vodka. A really fun thing to do with rum is make a Rumtopf – a traditional German recipe – which is an all year enterprise – you get a great big jar and when the first fruit of the year ripens (usually strawberries) you pop a layer of them in the bottom of the jar, cover with sugar and pour enough rum over them to submerge them and put the lid back on, when the next fruit comes into season, you add the next layer and keep on going until the jar is full, usually around October with the blackberries, and then by Christmas you have a crazy fruity liqueur and a whole jar of boozy fruit!

          • aj vosse says:

            Yum yum!! Sounds like my kind of Christmas treat!! 😈

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  3. Jaspa says:

    Love the oranges, Ailsa!

  4. julieallyn says:

    Ah. I did not know there was a fruit called a sloe. My favorite Joe Bonamassa blues song is Sloe Gin so that certainly caught my eye. (Never heard of him? Highly, HIGHLY recommended. He is a kick-ass guitarist!)

    Great photos!

    • ailsapm says:

      Great tip, Julie, just listening to the song now, it’s hauntingly beautiful. Yes, the hedgerows in Ireland are currently thick with sloes. I’m trying to bide my time because they’re supposed to hit their peak flavour after the first frost, at which point you pick them, combine them with gin and sugar in a sterilized kilner jar and leave them to steep for a minimum of 2 months. The resulting sweet fruity liqueur will knock your socks off.

      • julieallyn says:

        Well, there you go!

        Glad you like Sloe Gin. It’s my favorite – and many other Bonamassa fans as well. Always a crowd pleaser when he plays it at concerts.

  5. ledrakenoir says:

    Wow so delicious, very well captured… 😀

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  12. 76sanfermo says:

    Sloe is new for me..
    Apart from the beautiful captures , (i.e. Italian landscape on the background….) thanks for your recipe of boozy fruit , and your post in general !

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  15. Sloe gin, I had never heard of it, Ailsa. And why those words are stuck in my mind on this sunny Saturday afternoon, I have no idea. Sloe gin… slow gin… gin made from ‘sleedoornbessen’. Aha!
    I love this theme, it is fresh and fruity. Love the apple crates too.
    Here’s my entry:
    Have a fruity weekend! x

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  17. Leya says:

    Love fruit…have a great weekend!

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  22. All of these look very tasty. Lovely photos

  23. carol1945 says:

    All your photos are enticing, but I like the berries best!!! Used to make cherry brandy the same way you describe here. Here is my entry:

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  25. Hooray for fruity goodness! Some of my interpretations are perhaps a little loose… 🙂

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  32. pommepal says:

    Looking through my archives it seems fruit is not something I take many photos of, but I did find 3.

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  40. dyule2014 says:

    Beautiful selection of Travel Themes of all your fruits Wonderful

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