So today is going to involve Doing Things With Plums - I bought a box of Marjorie's Seedlings this week, and having wrestled with using up some very ripe Pears first and making Pear and Ginger Jam (the non-setting variety! - the recipe said it was a loose set), and then reluctant to set Pear and Ginger Chutney (no, not the jam reinvented), today will be plum day. I may bottle the firmer ones (if there are any by now), otherwise I'll cook and freeze them for desserts.
We've been picking apples this week. These are from the dual-purpose tree at the top of the drive. It's not been a brilliant year for apples - they seem to rest after a good year, and last year was one of those. There aren't many on our Bramley and we must pick the remaining ones today before the Jackdaws ruin every single apple.
I am still using my turn of the century (19th into 20th that is) stoneware jars for storage. I bought them from auctions when we were still living in Dorset, so have had them over 30 years now. I use them for storing dry goods such as flour, semolina and pulses. I use the semolina when breadmaking, and also for coating roasties before they tumble into the hot fat in the oven.
A BIG tray bake of Chocolate Gingerbread, most of which is now in the freezer for the next time we have guests.
Here's a pretty vintage patchwork quilt with a valence which I bought last week for the Unit. I just had to put a couple of stitches in where the valence had come lose, but that was a five minute job. I have one in the same style (with the valence bottom) in a hexagon pattern too.
I also bought this gorgeous crochet roundal as a present for a friend. Isn't it gorgeous?
So, today will be started with baking some chicken pasties for the freezer. I bought a ready-cooked chicken yesterday (thinking we would be out all day today so no time to cook). I had part of the breast in my chicken curry last night. I am going to make up some cheesy pastry (with my lactose-free cheese), and mix up some more pre-cooked chicken breast with a tin of Baxter's Chicken and Vegetable soup - they had them on offer in Morrison's yesterday at 3 for £2. It is a thick soup with good lumps of vegetables and will make a substantial filling.
More photos of the patchwork table runner later when I have sewn some more patches as I watch the racing this afternoon.
I hope to get a chance to sit down with this today. Ivor Gurney was a First World War poet (and also called himself one of the Georgian poets, like ET) and a contemporary of Edward Thomas's in time and place - he was a Gloucestershire poet. Unfortunately his mental health was badly affected by the War and he ended up in an Asylum around 1922, dieing in 1937 from TB.