F is for Figs and Frampton-on-Severn

Figgy fun

F is for Fruiting Figs, and F is for Flour Power 


and F is for

Frampton-on-Severn and a steaming hot Sunday in July…

The longest village green in England, edged by beautiful buildings from Cruck cottages to Tudor and Georgian houses. Have a quick look…

There are lots of lovely photos on the village website if you want more…

Fabulous Frampton, peaceful in the sunshine, probably the setting for who knows how many costume dramas. We felt as if we had strayed into another time and place.

Visit the other Alpahbet players at
Chiot’s Run the creative organiser
Misk Cooks gettin’ fermentin’
Sincerely, Emily embracing the letter E
Plot 52 Greg’s beautiful illustrated posts. D for the weather we’ve been having recently and
Niptinthebud for an eggcess of eggcitement…

and look
Poodlebugs – a blog about poodles!

22 thoughts on “F is for Figs and Frampton-on-Severn

    1. Joanna Post author

      The figs are found flush by the back door of my house! Delicious for breakfast with a bowl of freshly fermented yoghurt … no I can’t match your alliteration skills. Frabjous flabbergasting fun!

      Breakfast of fresh figs and yoghurt

      PS What is frumenty? The word just popped into my head.. must look it up :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      I love my fig tree. It’s six years old now and is a very reliable cropper, and the figs ripen considerately in turn, rather than all at once, which suits me perfectly!

      Thanks for visiting again Ruth!

  1. gina

    jo, do you remember by chance the cactus fig/prickly pear tree found in greek islands? i had never managed to peel myself these frankish figs/frangosyka, unless someone had the good will to peel for my sake this greek delight! i’ll try to shoot some photos from such an amazing tree, situated in the back of my yard!! greetings to all of you! may have a wonderful time!

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Gina !!! I do indeed remember them and occasionally one finds them in shops here.. but I don’t think I have ever eaten one…. I would love to try though :)

  2. cityhippyfarmgirl

    Look at those wonderful figs! How fantastic to have them at your doorstep Joanna.
    Such a picturesque English scene with the blackberries (?) in front and the thatched roofing behind. I half expect a little field mouse to be popping his head around and enquiring whether I would like some bottled fizz and a finger sandwich or two for tea…. and you know that all makes me very happy at just the thought :-)

    Fabulous frolics with F!

    1. Joanna Post author

      i bet it’s heaving with fieldmice and Borrowers. I must go and see Arietty soon, is it out in Australia? Thanks for the lovely comment Brydie :)

  3. Misk Cooks

    All of the photos for F are brilliant but I’m particularly taken with the one used for the header. Really very good. By the way, do you use a yogurt-maker?

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thank you, that was one of mine. I watched the new Terence Malick film the other day, extraordinary angles on his people sequences, visionary I suppose some people would say. Though not everyone liked the film.

      Yes I use a yoghurt maker! That little bowl was fermented from a spoon of the ymer that came from the Danish site. Not quite the same taste as the milk is different of course, but very soft and delicate.

  4. heidi

    I like your F selection very much!
    Your photos are fantastic.
    And the atmosphere in the Frampton-on-Severn is idyllic!
    I am really enjoying these posts, although I can see where they would possibly be burdensome to have to come up with on a daily basis.
    I generally do a thankfulness series leading up to Thanksgiving in November and am sometimes appalled at how thin my thankfulness Really runs by the time it is done.

    1. Joanna Post author

      For some reason I got very stuck on D and then went off on my strange little Club Penguin riff. I spoke to Darthjelly this morning who was very pleased that I had put him on the blog and told me he had bought a cave for his igloo and a new yellow puffle and a whole list of other things that escape me now. We’ll see how it goes. I suspect it will have its ups and downs but in the meantime thank you for reading them dear Heidi – I am thankful to you for your kindness always :)

  5. tom aron

    great pics lov’em , by the by if you have a middle eastern shop near they may have spineless prickly pears or sabra

  6. emilysincerely

    fascinating F’s you have there. I just took an internet wander through Frampton on Severn. Fulling festive and feasting. Love the flour power too. I am just going to knead my no-knead bread a bit and let it rise right now. All of it is going to pizza crusts for the freezer. (freezer – a good F) Emily

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Emily, I’m so pleased you had a look at the Frampton website. I could only share a glimpse of it here. Do you freeze your pizza crust dough or as baked crusts? Someone asked me the other day if you could freeze pizza dough and I couldn’t remember, maybe you can help out? Thanks for visiting again :)

  7. Melanie

    I love your ‘F’ and the flower made w/ figs! I can only imagine what a fresh fig tastes like. I’ve never had one before. Frampton looks like a wonderful place for a Sunday afternoon stroll. It reminds me of a set you might see from the ‘Hobbit’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’, though certainly not a hobbit village as they live in hobbit holes. Yes, flour power is wonderful for making my favorites – fougasse and focaccia :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Mel – Thank you for liking my F! I had to eat them all afterwards, no waste here.

      Fresh figs are not nearly as strong in flavour as their dried counterparts, nor as chewy! But they are full of those little seeds so you either love them or hate them. I think they taste of warm sweet pink sunshine, you can even eat every bit of them including the skins, well maybe not the little stalk bit where they attach to the tree.

      Frampton is what is sometimes called ‘Middle England’ so a bit like Tolkein, though of course that is all filmed in New Zealand! The houses are a bit big for hobbits, but I know what you mean. My sister thought it was like the Midsomer Murders set.

      I love your fougasse, they’re so beautiful ! Long Live Flour Power :)

  8. teawithhazel

    figs have to my all time favourite fruit so it’s wonderful to see them in the middle of winter..i am planning on planting one in my garden very soon..and those lovely photos of frampton make me dream of an idyllic life in a little cottage in the english countryside..jane

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Jane, Sounds like an excellent thing to do if they are your favourite fruit ! This variety is quite hardy, it has survived all the recent cold winters. It’s called a Turkish Brown. You have to constrain the roots, plant with stone slabs around the base, if you plant anywhere near a building but you probably know that.

      Frampton is picture postcard country isn’t it? :D

  9. Ann Hall

    I love fresh figs and have a big tree in my garden. However I have to be up early to beat the rainbow lorikeets. Any that fall to the ground are eagerly snapped up by my little dog and I have even seen him trying to climb the lower branches. Needless to say I have to be careful that he doesn’t eat too many……!

    1. Joanna Post author

      Hi Ann! Zeb is trying to figure out how to pick blackberries, he loves them, but waits for me to drop them while I pick them. I worry about the consequences if he eats too many….

      How splendid to have a giant fig tree. Do you get two crops a year? I get little baby ones forming now but I know they won’t make it to maturity over winter.

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