There are times…

…when I have neither the time nor the heart to make much. September’s been a full-on month, with several commitments that I felt I couldn’t try to wriggle out of, whatever else was going on, a couple of vague attempts to make some money towards the festive season, and another heart-lurching health challenge for my elderly mother.

And it’s harvest time; my absolute favourite thing to do, ever, is to go foraging in our hedgerows, with the sun on my back, birdsong in my ears. Yesterday I managed a short run out to the woods, and came back with a basket half-full of little yellow crab-apples, a handful of blackberries (which, sadly, have started to rot on the vines, thanks to the rain & grey skies) sloes & rosehips. There are apples & quinces coming down in the garden, too. Yesterday evening & all day today, I haven’t been outrageously busy, so I’ve managed to carve out the time to chop & boil up the two quinces that had split, the crab apples and the little blackberries. Then to let the mush drip all night, add sugar and boil up until “wrinkly” today. Luckily I had a lot of clean jamjars to scald, too, with new lids.

So now there are 8 jars of lovely deep-pink Quince & Crab-Apple Jelly (recipe here) cooling on my kitchen table, and I feel as though my feet have touched the ground again… but there’s a good chance that I’ll need to make a quilt soon, too, as a house-warming  present! Fingers crossed for them…

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I have no idea why this pic has “tiled” itself… Good job it’s not a face!

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6 Responses to “There are times…”

  1. kate Says:

    I bought 2 quinces from the farmers market, not really knowing what to do with them. Can you make a jelly with ordinary apples and do you have a good recipe please?
    thank you

  2. kate Says:

    thank you for all of that! I’m going to try with cooking apples

  3. annasgardening Says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am sure your jam is quite delicious.

  4. Sandra Nix Says:

    I am waiting for greengrocer to have quince for sale, haven,t made quince jelly but loads of blackberry and apple this hear and various flavours of ‘compost heap jelly’, your jelly is such a beautiful colour.

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