The house seems strangely quiet and Rick is sulking. Kat has returned to Brize Norton with her boyfriend this morning. A map of the world jigsaw lies half completed in the garden room. It’s been five weeks since she arrived home battered and bruised after her accident and we had got used to her being here. She still has some leave time to use up though so I think she might be back soon to finish that puzzle.
The flow of Amazon deliveries has eased up and I have found a great way to recycle the empty cardboard boxes and paper packing. We have five apple trees and they are heavily laden with fruit this year; there is a Cox’s Pippin, Golden Delicious and a Bramley but I don’t know what the other two are. The windfalls and less than perfect apples will be used for wine but the others will be packed carefully into the boxes and stored in the garage. They should keep for several months.
There are still plums on the trees at the bottom of the garden but they are buzzing with wasps so I steer clear. The plum wine is bubbling away nicely although my utility room smells like a distillery.
Look at that apple tree! You have a fantastic crop waiting to be picked. That's great that your daughter is healed up enough to be doing her own thing. -JennReplyDelete
Too many apples!Delete
Your fruit trees are very productive. My plum tree just finished producing lots of Santa Rosa plums in its second year. That is great your daughter is recovering and able to return to her home.ReplyDelete
Last year we had hardly any apples at all.Delete
Apples don't feature in my life at all. Fortunately for me the only apple tree in the garden is a crab apple and the birds are happy to eat to their hearts content, and they do, in the winter. Usually flocks of fieldfares come along with blackbirds. The tree is very heavily laden this year.ReplyDelete
Our crab apple keeled over and died shortly after we arrived here. A shame, it was quite a pretty tree. It was after that very hot summer.Delete
What a fine crop of apples on that tree - they look beautiful.ReplyDelete
They are lovely apples. I'm just not sure what to do with them all.Delete
Perhaps you should ask Wing Commander Kat if you can finish the jigsaw for her. I hope that her boyfriend is a nice fellow who meets with your approval. Previously, I was not sure what you meant when you used the term "partner". In the past that term was reserved for solicitors and undertakers.ReplyDelete
I shall leave the jigsaw for Kat to complete - it's all the blue bits. Her boyfriend, Craig, is very nice but he doesn't like Rick licking his ears.Delete
Rick always finds a place for himself in the pictures. He's so cute.ReplyDelete
He's never far away from the action.Delete
Your apples look superb. I am so envious as apples are a major item in my diet. Oh, plum wine, yumm!ReplyDelete
I like an apple with a piece of cheese.Delete
Your fruit orchard has been abundant. Those apples look outstanding and delicious. Apples bought in grocery stores are tasteless. Fruit ripened on the tree is so much better. Nice that Kat and Craig plan another visit soon.ReplyDelete
Some of them are really sweet.Delete
Hopeless for Apples here this year; only the Bramley has performed. Next year!ReplyDelete
Apparently it's been a good year for apples in the UK.Delete
There are a lot of worse smells that a Utility Room could smell of - sorry, of which a U.R could smell.ReplyDelete
That's a tricky one!Delete
Love the last photo - all those gorgeous apples. and Rick peeking through!ReplyDelete
In the past, when we had a glut of apples, I'd cook some of them and freeze them in pie-size amounts. Ideal for a quick pudding.
I shall probably freeze some but we are not big pudding eaters.Delete
That apple tree really is loaded. Difficult to know what to do with so many though. Rick is looking cute as always.ReplyDelete
Quite a few will be destined for the compost heap.Delete