So with today all overcast & cool I was drawn to these photos while sorting pictures on my laptop (trying to give it some kind of order!). They remind me that we managed to capture just a little bit of summer to see us through the chilly months ahead.
So along with the fruit I mentioned back in January we collected more or were given more;
Yummy apricots. Although I was away for the crucial picking time so we did not get as many bottled apricots this year. Most were too ripe for bottling when we got back so were used up in jams & chutneys
We harvested our first batch of 'Santa Rosa' plums, enough for a small batch of jam (& much feasting of plums!). These were boiled up whole, cooled, squashed through a large colander to remove the seeds, boiled again with sugar, bottled &labelled with the kids in charge of the label production.
some help from the local child labour;
Other plums were delivered to our door, a blundstones box of great tangy jam plums:
More cumquat marmalade...some from our tree & the rest from our source (the nest was still there!)
And then there was the damson plums sourced from a neighbour, the best plums for jam making...only a little batch....not to be given away....top shelf jam.....a reminder of helpful friends who will risk life & limb to bag some of these divine plums (I held the ladder).
Now my camera has died but the production line continues with jars of kasundi & onion marmalade making their way downstairs to our 'larder'.