• #appleandseason

    Cotswolds, Garden, natural secrets, writing • Sep 27th, 2019

    I’m doing a lot with apples at the moment, posting recipes regularly on Instagram and generally having an apple party. Living on the Worcestershire border with Gloucestershire is a dream if you love apples and pears and it’s fun to go with local traditions in the apple harvest months. I tasted some lovely still cider at the Woolpack in the Slad valley a few days ago and apple bins are appearing at farm shops here and there; they’ll be around till December. I’m working through my haul of foraged apples, thinking and smiling about their magic. Apples really do have a magic about them referenced so often in literature and folklore: the William Tell legend, the selfish pigs in Animal farm and Tracy Chevalier’s At the Edge of the Orchard with Johnny Appleseed as a character just tumbled onto the page.

    American as apple pie is on my mind as we pack for our road trip, the house is guest ready and the garden tucked up for winter. It looks so good I almost want to stay home and enjoy all the comfort and loveliness; the draw of our adventure is strong though and spending time with Patrick will be the loveliest thing.

    My friend and neighbour came over for coffee this morning and we did a bit of gratitude journalling together, so lovely and recommended if you find you tend to go a different way in casual conversation listing woes and tribulations or worst of all showing off. You need a focus point, something creative you’ve done or an inspiring experience, mine was the windows I was given to make a lean-to greenhouse and hers was a dance camp which sounded amazing. We were soon listing so many positive things, all the feels of doing something good.

    Photos this time: my foraged apples under the hornbeam in the garden and a bowl of sloes or prunelles in French, I’m starting my sloe gin for the winter. I love that cheekbones are called little apples or pommettes in French and we do say the apple of your cheek too, at least in make-up tutorials and prunelle in French can also refer to the pupil of your eye and to a loved one as in the apple of your eye. Fun.

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