A perfect occasion for a quiet wander in the snow and to gather a few of the last remaining sloes. They are now happily married with some of our apples to top off a warm cake, great to munch in front of the fire!
Two weeks ago the elderberries looking like they wanted a week of sunshine, this week most were ripe for picking! Haws and sloes, damsons and blackberries went in the bag for good measure. Hedgerow jam is on the cards, a few sloes might find their way into some vodka by the sound of it. I’ve never been a fan of sloe gin, I like mine to taste of juniper! I’ve a feeling some of the elderberry cordial might end up on the altar at harvest time, alongside the home grown wheat-bread… [little update: This all pails into insignificance with the bounty that was brought home from the farmers market – hmph!!]