Well it is definitely Autumn although we have been blessed with a lot more sunshine than normal. This is reflected in the hedgerows with their wonderfully bounty this year. I wonder if the ‘Old Wives’ are right about it being a tough Winter if the berries are abundant in Autumn?
I have done a fair bit of foraging in the last few weeks and have brought home bags of blackberries, sloes, elderberries and even some damsons and what I think are cooking apples.
I have already got two demijohns of blackberry and elderberry wine bubbling away and have high hopes for them
I am also planning to make my sloe gin soon and no doubt a lot of crumbles/pies with the apples, Maybe I could try a wine made from damsons and apples (didn’t take a pic of the damsons before bunging them in the freezer.
It has been a much better gardening year than normal and for the first time in four years, my tomatoes did not get blight and I managed to grow outdoor cucumbers.
I also have a physalis (Inca Berry) plant in the mini greenhouse which has produced some cute little lanterns with fruit inside. The basil plant which has been my joy this Summer is still going strong but I suppose I will have to freeze the leaves soon before they give up for Winter.
Ziggy dog and the family have enjoyed some lovely picnics and walks in our glorious Devon scenery this Summer and we hope for lots more if this beautiful ‘Indian Summer’ continues. These snaps were taken around the Dewerstone – check it out here http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356404139583/
That is all for now. Will be back to update on the progress of the home brew and what became of the apples and sloes.