Growing Tomatoes and Connecting with Nature

I’ve thought a lot about the state of the world lately as we’ve been picking the fruit in the orchard and harvesting vegetables and herbs from the potager and the herb garden. It seems to me a sad thing, that for all the miracles of modern science and technology, so many of the supposed advances we make distance us more and more from our connection to the earth.

There’s nothing quite like growing the food you eat – whether you have a full sized vegetable plot or a few herbs on a windowsill – to experience the pleasure of connecting with the earth and participating in the cycles of nature and the seasons. Having increased our efforts in the vegetable garden and orchard this year, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy our own produce with almost every meal and are even about to embark on a spot of home brewing and cider making.  One of the greatest pleasures is to go out each evening to pick vegetables for dinner and best of all, to find some ripe tomatoes for our salad. They can be a bit of a motley assortment at times depending on the weather but whatever their appearance the taste is sublime.

I thought I’d post a few photos today and include them in this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge – which seems rather pertinent – Connection.

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ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. alexraphael says:

    And they go with everything!

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    1. Indeed they do Alex! 🙂

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  2. Dragnfli says:

    My two favorite things in the summer are peaches straight from the orchard and tomatoes fresh from the garden

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    1. Ah, sadly I don’t have any peaches but tomatoes yes, nothing quite like them 🙂

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  3. Jane Lurie says:

    Wonderful tomato portraits, Jane. So nice that you grow your own!

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    1. Thank you Jane! They are one of the highlights of summer !

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  4. kazg10 says:

    Your still life’s have so much mood and feeling attached. How do you do that Jane!! It brings everything to life 🙂

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    1. I really appreciate you saying that Kaz,it’s just what I’m aiming for! 🙂

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  5. Anne says:

    Hi Jane!
    Hope you’re doing well. I have been MIA from blogging for a while (personal stuff) and am slowly making my way back. Thought I’d drop in and say hello.
    Let’s catch up!
    Xoxo

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Anne, I’ve been wondering how you were getting on, summer is always so busy. Catch up soon definitely ! 🙂 🙂

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  6. At the weekend I was eating home grown tomatoes from my parents garden – you cannot beat the taste, something so simple yet so good!

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    1. Absolutely Teresa, I think the simple things often are the best!

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  7. Ian Hamlin says:

    They ‘always’ taste better straight from the garden! Lovely photos too

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    1. Thank you Ian! They certainly do, chemical free and full of flavour!

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  8. Mél@nie says:

    my favourite fruit-vegetable… ❤ I'm watchin' them and it's rainin' in my mouth!!! 🙂

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  9. Beautywhizz says:

    Love tomatoes. To eat, to look at them, to smell them.

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    1. Wonderful aren’t they! I used to buy a room spray which smelled of tomato leaves , just gorgeous, sadly no longer available 😦

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  10. We have grown some this year Jane and you are right, despite the way some of them look, they taste wonderful! I love your photographs so much xx

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    1. Nothing quite like them is there Jane! So glad you like my pics of them ! 🙂

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      1. Love all your pics, Jane! : )

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  11. Pat says:

    Beautiful compositions!

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    1. Many thanks Pat! So glad you like them 🙂

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  12. badfish says:

    Jane, All great photos, for some reason, I like the first one maybe because it’s clean. But the others with the background are cool, also. I just photographed some habenero hot peppers, orange on black background (counter top). So seeing yours made me pause! Your stuff always makes me pause, though.

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    1. Hi badfish, glad you like the pics – I think I agree with you about the first one, it’s brighter and sunnier and I think the tomatoes have more personality ! Hope you’ll be posting the hot peppers? 🙂

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      1. badfish says:

        I probably won’t post them for a while…too many other stories on my To Do list. But by chance I did post some dried peppers a while back, here: https://badfish2.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/red-hot-chili-peppers-not-amused/
        Dried aren’t as nice to look at, though.

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      2. I shall go look badfish – I did one too a while back – they were our own fresh, red and very hot ! here: https://viewfromafrenchhillside.com/2014/08/31/seriously-red-hot-chilli-peppers-and-russian-roulette/

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  13. Oooh, the simple tomato salad 🙂 I just tasted for the first time (believe it or not) heirloom tomatoes. Unbelievably delicious. Your gorgeous photos of your garden’s bounty reminded me. Mmmm…

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    1. Not sure which variety is heirloom but we’ve just been eating one of our strangely battered varieties from the garden, sort of long and teardrop shaped – delicious!! We’re hoping we can find the plant label to replant them again next year! Mmmmm indeed!

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      1. Fingers crossed 🙂

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