19 August 2014

Vegetables in abundance

I seem to have posted more about my holidays than the allotment this year.Just back from a North York Moors walking trip so I decided that a veggie photo was in order after a good harvest this afternoon.

Salad crops including lettuce,Golden Frills mustard,wild rocket,rhubarb chard and mint.
French and runner beans.
Globe artichoke,Trombone and Pattipan squash.
Some excellent beetroot,decent turnips and rather poor carrots didn't make the director's cut.

5 August 2014

Tuxer Alps July 2014

In mid July my friend Ernie and I went on our annual hut to hut walking trip to Austria.This year it was in the Tuxer Alps which are bordered to the south by the Zillertal Alps and  Brenner Pass to Italy ,and by the Inn valley to the north.
Link to trip photo album here

On the 12th July we arrived into Munich on the overnight sleeper just after 7 am and the journey south through the Austrian Tyrol to our starting point near Steinach am Brenner didn't take long, and soon after midday we were ready to set off up to the first hut on our seven day trip.
Geraer Hutte looking towards Italy (Sudtirol)
Five of the six huts are above 2000 metres and for the first couple of days we crossed quite a few snowfields as we headed northwards to Tuxerjoch Haus and Lizumerhutte.
Snowfields near Pluderling Sattel
From Lizumerhutte we'd planned to take the direct Via Alpina/Inntaler Hohenweg to the Weidener Hutte but because the Wattens military range was in use that day we had to choose an alternative route to the hut via the Torjoch,Vallruck Alm and Geiseljoch.The landscape now had a greener look to it with less snow except for part of the next day when crossing over Rastkogel (2762m) to the Rastkogelhutte.
Heading down from Torjoch
Approaching Rastkogel

Hausgemachte speck knodel mit wild mushrooms in rahmsose
Apart from the Tuxerjoch Haus which had rather disappointing cuisine and a naff conservatory extension,  the rest of the huts were great each with it's own particular character and lovely food!
The Kellerjoch Hutte was a great finale, positioned on a ridge high above the Inn valley with views north to the Karwendel mountains.And even more mushrooms in cream sauce!
Kellerjoch Hutte and Inn valley
After the end of the walk we spent a couple of days with friends in Munich and then brought the hot weather home to the UK.
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