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virtual sustenance

October 16, 2012

A while ago Boo and I gathered plums and made jam. It’s delicious jam, but Boo can only guess at this because she hasn’t been given any and her back’s too bad for her to walk here and carry some back. You’d think a proper friend would remedy this wouldn’t you?  Mea culpa.

I mention jam because the grapes are getting riper – well the birds seems to think they are ripe – and so it’s time to really start thinking about grape and chilli jelly.

There are also quite a lot of rosehips around and I was wondering whether to try and make rosehip syrup – but it’s very fiddly because you have to strain all the little hairs out of the rosehips.  The mountain ash trees are also full of berries and I believe that they make a passable jelly but I’ve never tried.

It seems to be a good year for hips and haws –  a better year than for grapes anyway, and a much better year than for tomatoes – so maybe I will have to call on nature’s wild harvest to supplement the domestic one. Apparently you can even use hawthorn berries although they are really hard and unyielding. I’ll have to check out Richard Mabey’s Food for Free – or I could just wing it.

The truth is that I just don’t have the time to do all these domestic pursuits, and paint, and do all the other stuff I’ve got myself into and can’t get out of – like fighting incinerators with Friends of the Earth (totally thankless task and very probably a complete waste of time, pardon the pun).

So here’s a photo of the plums that we made the jam out of, and here’s a photo of the jam cooking. Be sustained virtually or perhaps it’s a case of , as Lewis Carroll put it, jam tomorrow, jam yesterday, no jam today.

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