I love this time of year. There is something so satisfying about picking fruit from the hedgerows. Free is always my favourite price.
We just stopped the car on the way home from work as I spotted some sloe bushes – these beauties will soon be turning into sloe gin. There were loads of sloe bushes and all of them had oodles of berries. I might have to go back for more!
We’ve already picked a load of apples from the garden. I had the idea of putting them through the juicer which meant we had loads of pulp which was turned into apple sauce, (add sugar and water, boil and sieve) and the juice is busy turning into apple mead. (I used this apple wine recipe but substituted honey for sugar).
I’m planning on making a load of jams and chutneys over the next few days, I have a huge amount of ginger since we were lucky enough to pick up a small mountain of it from the reduced bin at the supermarket so I’m going to try making crystalised ginger, ginger honey, ginger curd and possibly ginger wine
Some of the jams/chutneys are destined for the Ramsey Crafters Christmas craft fair which is being held on my birthday. It feels a bit early to be thinking about Christmas but it makes sense to take advantage of all the free food in the hedgerows, we had a busy morning yesterday harvesting willow from Sue’s garden and twisting it into wreath forms, we’ll be having a wreath making and decorating session at one of the Crafters sessions soon , hopefully these will have time to dry out nicely first.
We’ve already had one craft session on christmas makes – we made some festive tea light holders from old glasses and jars. They are really simple – just cover the glass in white pva glue, layer on tissue paper (the white ones are just tissues like you would use for blowing your nose the coloured one is cut up bits of coloured tissue paper) cover in more glue and decorate with sequins and/or glitter. They don’t look like much until you put a lit tealight inside, but they are really effective when they are lit.
I have loads of ideas for Christmas makes, the next few months should be fun.