It was wonderful to spend a bit of time wandering through the garden and sitting by the pond listening to the frogs, though. I took loads of photos but will just post a few here for now. I didn't think to look at the ones I took in January 2011 before I left so I don't have exact positions but if you look at those old ones compared to know, you can see what a difference a few months can make (okay, a few years, but it would have looked very similar in January of this year I'm sure).
|This apple tree (Goldparmäne) is the one you can see in the distance in the first picture of that old post|
|This is more or less the reverse of one of those old photos, instead of from the pavilion towards the pond, I took this from the pond looking towards the pavilion|
|In the third photo on that old post you can see these beds from the other side, completely bare - now there are carrots and leeks nearly about to break out of the coverings. The tomato bed (with the plastic "roof") is in the background|
|And finally, some feverfew (called Mutterkraut or mother herb in German) - it's gone rampant in the garden this year and has self-seeded all over the place|
And after cooking on high for two hours, then realising it still wasn't going to be ready before I had to leave and turning it down to low for another four hours, I came back to heavenly smells and this:
I didn't think to put the meat into the same bowl as yesterday for a size comparison, nor to weigh it, but this plate is just about the same size as the top of that white bowl (in fact I use one of these plates upside-down to cover that bowl if necessary). You can see it's a bit smaller than yesterday, with the bones sticking out now
So then I "pulled" the pork, and removed the bones and very fatty bits. There was what felt like a lot of fat but really, it wasn't that much. I did weigh the bits I removed (in the bowl at the back of this next picture) and it was just about 175g, so getting a 1.2kg to end up with 1kg of meat was pretty good going.