Head in the clouds?
Some might say so!
Yesterday was a perfect day and the scaffolding tower was in action again, set up under the apple trees so that we could reach those tempting fruits growing high up among the branches.
The eating apples are ripe. This variety doesn't keep and needs to be eaten or processed straight away. I've been ferrying bucketfuls to neighbours and friends have come to pick whatever they want for themselves. My freezers are full and my thumbs sore from all the peeling but I know that I'll be pleased with my endeavours each time I pull a container of fruit from the freezer throughout the coming months.
The apples are suffused with pink.
I've stewed most of the fruit and made some juice
but also made this apfelkuchen recipe which is a favourite and freezes well. The peeled apple slices are pressed into a sandwich cake mixture and sprinkled with sugar.
6oz marg creamed 'til light with 6oz sugar
3 beaten eggs
a few drops of vanilla essence
12oz self raising flour
enough milk to make a soft consistency - 6 or more tablespoons
A friend brought some yellow plums by way of exchange and these have been stewed and squirrelled away in the freezer as well.
The turnips are coming on stream and are just as pretty to look at as the apples but are not half as useful. I sliced one into a stir fry yesterday but they are not the most exciting vegetable in the world to eat. The farmer down the road loves the taste of turnips so I take him a bunch when I go to collect his free range eggs.
Today the weather is disgusting, rain and strong winds - the scarecrow doesn't like it one bit.
I hope your weekend is working out well.