Just when I'd brought the Christmas decorations down from the attic Himself announced that the sitting room chimney could do with a sweep. I wish he'd mentioned it a few weeks ago when I was washing all the china bits and bobs on the open shelving, I think that's a job I'll now have to repeat!
Anyway, a good idea to put the brush up the chimney, we put sheets down and the job was soon done.
The weather is damp and mild and it is pleasant to be out. We walked up the road to pick some branches with pine cones to decorate the windows and mantelpiece.
The cones are very resinous, they will smell lovely in the warmth of the room.
8oz soft dark sugar melted with
juice and rind of two lemons.
Add 2lbs chopped apple
1lb mixed fruit and candied peel
2oz chopped almonds
teaspoon each of allspice and cinnamon powder.
Bring to the boil then simmer for thirty minutes until you have a mash
Bottle while hot. This makes 4 jars.