Firstly, I am very pleased to report that our plumbing problems were not as expensive as I thought. It was such a relief. The Expert arrived, and had the problem solved within 10 minutes!
Now that we have his number we will call him first if we have another problem in the future. No, Trev, we don't still have lead piping in the house, but some of the other fitments are Victorian.
Today was meant to be a walking day - but so far I haven't left the house, and now it's dark and almost bedtime. So, what have I been doing? Resting? Watching TV? Eating cake?
None of the above.
We have an apple tree. It is an old one, and this year it has been laden with fruit. The problem is, though, that the fruit doesn't keep. The apple is somewhere between a 'cooker' and an 'eater'. Deliciously sharp, it goes well with other fruits in all sorts of desserts. Today was the day they had to be picked
That took the morning.
I've spent the rest of the day cooking most of them. We now have several boxes of prepared fruit in the freezer, and several jars of jam and a few fruit 'cheeses'
This is the remnant of a mix of blackberries and apple, but I made other mixes too
and the one that I've just finished - and still cooling - is apple and rhubarb. The rhubarb has been languishing in the freezer for such a time as this - and for extra flavour we have added just a hint of crystallised ginger.
Now, I don't often eat jam! DH does, but he can't possibly work his way through the amount I've made...... so...... over the weekend some of it will be finding new homes.
What did you do today, Sparkeroonies? Did anyone else make jam? Tomorrow I have a walk planned. If all goes well it will be over new ground, so watch out for some pictures. They may not appear until Sunday, though.
Onwards and Upwards. Off to see if I can view the eclipse, but last time I looked it was rather cloudy.......