Love and voyeurism among the thistles, and then some freshly dug potatoes


This snapping of bugs is all Ark’s fault at A Tale Unfolds. For some time now he’s been showing us insect life in his South African garden. Then on Friday he set me a challenge to beat his dandelion with four bugs. So here I give you a ménage à trois with some longhorn beetles, caught on my way to the allotment, and as I was actually trying to capture some bee shots. I reckon it trumps Ark’s dandelion, and indeed his jackal flies, on grounds of raciness.


But now here is the close up shot I really wanted to show you, and the reason why I was headed  for the allotment: my first main crop potatoes just released from the earth. These are Desirée, organically grown and most desirable, not only for looks and flavour, but for general resistance to drought, bugs and slugs:


Close Up

36 thoughts on “Love and voyeurism among the thistles, and then some freshly dug potatoes

  1. Tish … did you invade their privacy? LOLOL You are hilarious.
    I notice everyone else has avoided the ménage à trois in their comments. I’m a naughty girl. hehehe You did a fabulous job of capturing them.Did you grow those potatoes. They would make a delicious potatoe salad. YUMMY !!!

  2. Congratulations on your first potatoes, they look smashing! 🙂
    We tried to grow potatoes in a grow bag last year, Oliver Jamie inspired us, and as you may know, he makes everything look real simple and kinderleicht, but we’re not too happy with the outcome. You seem to have the right hand with yours though, well done, Tish!

  3. Just looking at the intriguing title I knew it had to be you Tish – those longhorns are always in a state of desiree

  4. Those potatoes are a work of art as well as a horticultural triumph: superb colour, and the intricacy and delicacy of the rootlets (is that what they are?) Oh, and the beetles are definitely trump material.

  5. Wish we’d grown desiree, the earliest we have are Jazz and they don’t cook very well – the skins peel off in the saucepan, so won’t be choosing then again!

    1. There seem to a lot more varieties around that need to be steamed, but it doesn’t say that for Jazz in my seed catalogue. Says you can cook them any way you like. Maybe they will roast well. It’s gone cold enough here to think about roast potatoes.

  6. I’ve looked at all your photographs back to this point, which probably won’t register as views as I was scrolling back, but have to say they were all stunning. The problem with viewing blogs such as yours where the photographer obviously knows what she is doing and does it in a professional manner is that it is hard not to compare one’s own efforts. In the long run, though, I, at least, learn by observing and doing so I’ll consider you another step in my education! Thanks for the wonderful views.

    1. That’s so sweet of you, Judy. I’m really not a photographer. Cropping images is one of the key things I learned from when I worked in a museum. Apart from that, I use an editing feature that comes free with microsoft – photo gallery to sharpen the image. Thanks for all the viewing of my blog. Much appreciated.

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