Ramadan Mubarak 2014/1435

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Ramadan Mubarak to Muslims around the world who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and this year in England the days will be quite long as Ramadan is over summer, but I will try to make the most of it and take things a little slower than my usual hectic pace. I hope that everyone fasting during this special month makes the most of the days ahead to shake bad habits, create new ones and purify heart, body and soul

Cherry picking

I have recently been spending a bit of time in the garden as the temperature has soared in London to try and get some fresh air. Whilst there I have been eyeing up the neighbours cherry tree which I have watched become full of cherries.

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Here they are nearly ripe, and the photo was taken about a week or so ago but they still look so nice.

Luckily for us our neighbours are really lovely and seeing me in the garden they kindly said I could help myself to pick the cherries off the tree as they’d only get eaten by birds (there’s so many cherries, plus our neighbours, like us, are fasting so there’s only so much you can eat once the fast opens)

As they were now a deeper red and looked ripe and juicy I decided to pick some

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They look so great on the tree itself and great in photos. The red looked really crisp against the green leaves

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Here is what I picked, and there were loads more but I didn’t want to pick too many in case we couldn’t finish them

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And the verdict? They were absolutely gorgeous, they tasted really sweet and fresh and they didn’t have any blemishes at all. And best of all I know they were grown without any pesticides used. I’ll certainly be picking more when I get the chance.

We have a plum tree and a pear tree in our garden and as they become ripe over the next couple of months I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on them. I’d love to hear what others have growing in their back garden.