I almost forgot. Today is the 25th and that means it is time to show you The Quince Tree again. Here she is.
The fruit are very difficult to see at the moment. Most are high up and they are well camouflaged amongst the leaves. Here's one I managed to reach, look how it is covered in down.
The down will stay until I pick them and rub it off. Beneath the down the fruit will gradually turn yellow. They will be four or five times as big as this by the end of October.
My garden is sadly lacking in flowers at the moment. Oh it is very green but other colours are few and far between. There are signs of colour to come though.
My cultivated blackberry. Thornless and bountiful. I get loads of fruit off this. We prefer blackberries cooked so I pick as they ripen and freeze them immediately to use in pies and crumbles. I had such a poor yield of blackcurrant jam this year I think I will make blackberry jam when I have enough in the freezer.
This in an Egremont Russet apple. It is just a small tree but last year I got about thirty apples off it. This year I can find only two.
My crab apple on the other hand is absolutely laden. This branch is so heavy it is vertical with its tip about a foot from the ground. These sour little apples will turn scarlet by the end of summer. That's when I swing into full scale jelly production. The variety is John Downie.
My raspberries are producing a handful of fruit about once a week, but the majority of the canes that sprout up all over my garden are Autumn fruiting varieties. They will fruit from September right into November.
My currant bushes have all been stripped bare now. We are enjoying them gently cooked with sugar.
The days of late summer will find my kitchen filled with fruity boilings and layer of sticky over everything. I can't wait.
I began this blog on January 24th this year and here I am six months later. That certainly went fast. I am enjoying it so so much. Writing about the everyday bits of my life, the things I make and cook , photographing them and creating a blog post gives me such a thrill . As does reading all the lovely bloggers who are doing similar things and living similar lives. I really believe it validates the way I have chosen to live my life. I know that sounds daft but its how I feel. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the next six months.