Tuesday, 19 August 2008


Hello there!!!!!!
What busy week again!
As you can see we have been harvesting our apples - all of 1 tree! but what a lot of fruit - the tree went mad this year - lots and lots of good clean apples!
In fact I was so impressed I just had to weigh them to see just how much! -- 47lbs, not bad from one little tree!

Charlie the cat was there to supervise!

Then a fit young man ( son Will ) climbed into the tree to prune it, its what he does for a living - so I left him to it! - its just not nice seeing great lumps being cut off my lovely tree!! He assures me it will do wonders for the tree and next years fruit! I gave it a good big feed afterwards to help it recover from the shock!

Apples everywhere!
Because we have nowhere suitable for storing them as they are, and lots of freezer space in the new freezer - that's where they ended up! Hubby P and I sat and peeled all 47lb of them, chopped, bagged and in the freezer. All ready for lots of scrummy apple crumble, jams and jellies, I usually make a really nice apple mint jelly - wonderful with cheese or meat!
Hubby P did moan a bit at the peeling -said it was like peelin spuds in prison! - but as I pointed out all the peelings would make a great Apple wine! We have just finished the last from last year!

We put all the peelings and cores in a big tub to 'stew' for a few days then I will strain off the juice and add sugar and yeast and leave to ferment into lovely fragrant wine!


In between the showers - when the sun shines! I have been collecting flower seed and putting it to dry. Hopefully lots of baby plants for next year!


Car booty goodies!
Just look at all this wonderful lace! It was the old Christmassy box that caught my eye, and when I opened it up - wow! Lots and lots of of neatly folded and stacked in the box - and all for just £2!!!!

This lace collar is particularly lovely - it would look just great on a dark velvet dress/gown around Christmas time!

And how about these butterflies drifting across a pretty flowing skirt! Or used to pretty up a little purse or cushion!
So many wonderful possibilities!

I found this pretty hand embroidered tablecloth (50p) - the hand work is just so perfect, so well done! And the cloth is in such good order - it will look great on my table, especially when my new dining room is finished - not that there is any pressure on Hubby P!!!!

And I must just say a big Thank You to Twiggy (TheworldofTwiggypeasticks) for my Award!
I need to Blog it another time - It needs Links n' stuff - and I can't get my head together for that just now!
Ta ra for now xxxxxxxxx


  1. Nice to see another blog! (not that I'm obsessed...but I think you have not long put it online, i don't check that often...really!!) Did you hear that I made apple crumble?!! I was very impressed with myself - brought back all those childhood memories!!
    Hope all is well...

  2. Blimey apples agogo. Will you post us some apple crumble please? I've saved you some of my poppy and sweet pea seeds for next year missus. Lovely carbooty finds, I think the lacey butterflies are gorgeous.
    Twiggy x

  3. That was some apple harvest! Well done for all that peeling - sounds worth it though for apple wine!Impressed with your car boot finds. Worth it for that colloar alone. It's gorgeous!

  4. Impressive. Our orchard is in such a state we've been thinking we'll just have to get rid of everything and start again. I think we need your son!

  5. I do love that you've used everything, including the peel! I have never had any success with wine, despite many efforts and advice.

    That box is just one of those hearthumping moments when you can't quite believe your good luck...good find!

  6. Gracious me - 47 lbs - that's more than the weight of my toddler!

    Beautiful beautiful finds from the carboot - what bounty!

  7. crikey, all those apples, you are busy and the tablecloth for 50p looks great, it beats my price, I paid a £1 for mine.
    Josie x
    ps, can you ask your son the best way to prune some conifers which are over 10ft high!

  8. What a fabulous stash - I love it when I find a lovely car boot sale with vintage goodies it makes me so giddy! I'm also very impressed with your apple and seed stash

  9. You have been busy. Love the table cloth, what a bargain. Could just eat alittle apple crumble and custard right now.

  10. Hello.

    I found your blog a few weeks back while blog-hopping, but I had to leave a comment today.
    That box of lace has just made me turn a lovely shade of green !!! What a great find.Well done.

    Love and blessings

  11. 47ILB crikey. That lot will keep you busy for a while. And my husband felt hard done by when I asked him to help me sort out 15ILb of blackberries last year. The lace was a wonderous find, I love lace and it is coming back into fashion this Autumn Winter so that collar is perfect. Charlie looks a little like our new cat Tiger. We have re-homed him from Cat Protection. Photo on blog. You have sun as well so I am a little jealous too.

  12. How do you find such wonderfulness whilst carbooting. I am novice and not very good it has to be said.
    I love the lace butterflies.

  13. We are over from Gretel's site and have enjoyed our visit here very much! All the best to you from both of us!


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