Friday, 19 July 2013

Free fruit

One of my neighbours got his allotment a couple of months before I got mine.  Although his was similarly jungle-like, it had been in cultivation about 18 months previously and he was lucky that there were already some well established fruit bushes on the plot - unlike mine which seems only to have nettles and thistles!  Among the fruit bushes he has red currant, black currant, raspberries and gooseberries.

A day ago, he was telling me that his wife was going to make cordial out of the berries, but said I could have the gooseberries as he can't stand them.  I don't know what happened to change his wife's mind, but her loss is my gain and he came round this evening bearing gifts:  Two large plastic boxes, one containing red currants, the other a mix of black currants and raspberries.

Before ...
 Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I've had a busy evening turning the red currants into several jars of jelly, and the black currants and rasperries had some strawberries added to them, and they've been turned into a bottle and a bit of "summer fruits" cordial.

and after.
The gooseberries aren't quite ready yet, but if I manage to get them, I shall look forward to making jelly out of those too, as gooseberry jelly was always one of my favourites as a child.

All of a sudden, my jam/jelly stockpile has increased dramatically, so much so, I've run out of saved jars and have had to order some as I foresee many more jars of homemade goodies to come.

Until next time. x

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