We went to Ben,s favourite park and had a long stroll round, there were lots of dogs for Ben to bond with including a very bouncy young standard Poodle.
I found some Hazelnuts and picked a decent bag full.
The kernels vary in size as you can see, I put my thimble in for scale. These are green and will not be toasted, instead they will be frozen and added to cakes and muesli.
I expect to spend several evenings cracking and shelling after another foraging expedition or three.
I also found some enormous blackberries, almost as big as cultivated varieties.
Again I have put the thimble in for scale.
I did not go mad as I only had bags to put them in, on my next visit I will take a plastic box or three. These will be washed, livestock removed and frozen, they will be cooked with apples and pushed through a sieve, lovely with a sponge pudding. I did manage to get just over a Kilo.
Mixed with some small apples that the wind brought down I have 4 containers of puree in the freezer. This will go under sponge or crumble in the winter. I may even fold some into whipped cream to go in a chocolate cake.
Much as I love this lurid colour, my puree is darker and smells wonderful, the taste is rich and not too sweet. I only added 3 Tsp of sugar to the fruit.
My scrappy sewing is growing, I was planning a quilt but have gone off piste. I now want to make 2 or 3 table toppers large enough to cover my coffee table. I have a set of smaller ones that I use with coasters for tea mugs. I have managed to put mugs down on the edge of said coasters a time or three. They have then tipped over, I figure that doing away with the coasters should prevent this happening again.
Today has been mixed so far, sun, very light showers, wind and calm. The grass will not be cut today! perhaps I should copy the front garden and get rid of the lot.
The only one who sprawls on it is Ben, he does like to stretch out in the sun and moves round the garden with it.
On that note I am off to the sewing room, I would like to get one finished today.