Saturday, 17 September 2011

PICKLES, JAMS & JELLIES

Its that time of year again when fruit and veg needs picking in the garden and preserving.  This picture shows a batch of blackberry and apple jelly we made using our own blackberries and apples.  We have also made numerous chutneys including plum (using greengages from our tree) and spicy apple and  courgette, batches of loganberry jam, redcurrant jelly and rhubarb, pear and ginger jam.  We have pickled plenty of jars of beetroot (Nigel's favourite) and this year we have tried pickling mixed vegetables (cauli, green beans, courgette, red & yellow peppers & onions) and making a sweetcorn, redpepper and beetroot relish.  I can't wait for the requisite month's wait to be over to give them a try!

Poodles making themselves at home

Pixie and Liqua, Mothers and Jacqueline's two little poodles, have been having a lovely holiday as well, they settled right in and have been getting on so well with our animals, even Billie as can be seen here in this photo.  They love going out for walks up the lane in the morning and spending time in the garden is a real treat as they dont have a garden at home.

Lac de Guerledan Visit


Here's Mother sitting at one of the picnic tables overlooking the Lac de Guerledan.  We took a picnic down and sat in the sun for a couple of hours, the holiday season having finished now there weren't many people about and it was so peaceful. 

Garden photos

Jacqueline and Nigel have worked so hard whilst Mother and Jacqueline have been here, they have taken advantage of the lovely weather we have had and taken care of lots of little jobs that needed doing as well as making the garden and top and bottom fields look lovely again!