I have been feeling a bit yuk all day (several nights of sleeping badly, or waking at 3.15 a.m. and not sleeping thereafter). I gave myself the day off and did some hand sewing and tried my hand at a pretty patchwork pin cushion I had been using at my Patchwork class (made by our teacher).
Two bags of crab apples from a friend's domestic trees. She helped me solve my dilemma for making crab apple jelly, since the tree I always used has been chopped down and the roots grubbed up. No reason except that someone bought the land and "cleared" it . . . These are currently defrosting.
Above and below: I finished the afternoon making the first batch of Country Mincemeat which I make every year using the windfalls (though I normally start earlier than this).
I also added the juice of the lemon and orange I used the zest from. This can be added to with layers of more chopped fruit, sugar and dried fruit as it gradually sinks in the jar. I find mine keeps well in this earthenware jar, though I know this doesn't work for everyone, so by all means add suet and cook and bottle it.
Finally, two gifts from Keith on his return home. He knows me well . . .