Matilda is finished. She is made with a really lovely antique gold coloured Schulte alpaca. It is difficult to accurately capture the colour. She is quite heavy and cuddly. She has been made for Hugglets in September.
Spring is my favourite time of year in the garden, but August and September comes a close second because of all the beautiful fruit we have. Our fruit season starts in June with strawberries. In July we harvest our Beauty of Bath apples and Stella cherries. The apples are small, red and a little tart. They do not keep very well, so those we don't eat, we juice. In August we get raspberries, blueberries and James Grieve cooking apples. We freeze our excess apples, raspberries and cherries. In September the Conference and William bon Chretien pears and Lord Lambourne apples are ready. This year our pears are looking the best they have for years. We also have several Kentish cob nut trees (a type of hazelnut), but our local squirrel, Harvey, has taken most of them for the past two years. I also have lemon, orange, lime and pink grapefruit trees (one of each). These are in containers and spend the winter in the conservatory. These often come into flower in winter and we pick fruit in summer, but this can vary and is a little hit and miss. The lemon is the most reliable.
If anyone has any recipes for keeping pears, I would be grateful. I'm thinking maybe in terms of preserving them in alcohol but other suggestions are welcome? A few photos taken this morning follow:
Lastly, my dogs Daisy, Monty and Oscar are enjoying the summer. They cannot stay in the sun for long as, being fair, they get sunburn very easily!
I hope you are all able to enjoy the summer!