This blog will be a bit of a hotpotch of photographs and different walks. However, within a very short space of time we have drifted into Autumn. I am unsure if other people feel the same as me, in that the seasons seem to have moved forward by 3 - 4 weeks?
The Sloes on the Blackthorn bushes seem to have fruited earlier than last year and are far larger. Consequently most of the Sloes are now rotting on the trees, we were picking them this time last year.
|Blackthorn fruit (Sloe)|
We collected about 6lbs of Sloes a few weeks ago and froze them. On Sunday last we put together our Christmas drinks of 3 litres of Sloe Gin & 2 litres of Sloe Whisky. I gave a recipe out on the blog Berry nice. Empty plastic 5 litre water bottles make wonderful fermentation vessels. This needs to ferment for 12 weeks. We plan to filter the Sloe Liquor's into fancy bottles, place a ribbon on and a nice label, lovely presents for the adult children.
|Sloe Gin & Whisky|
|White Cliffs & English Channel|
During the times that I have been unable to Blog I have still been snapping away. I blogged about Fungi last time well I found the most enormous Fly Agaric the other day could not resist a picture.
I was out and about today and got absolutely soaked. The day had started misty and dank but looked like it might improve, wrong. But i did manage to take some lovely pictures of some more fungi. The elder tree has the most unusual looking fungi the "Jews Ear" why its called that I have no idea! it is almost translucent, rubbery and moist to the touch beautiful my pictures do not do the fungi justice.
|Top of the Beef Steak Fungus|
|Underside of Beef Steak fungus|
|During slicing for the frying pan|
|Common Puff Ball|
Not all things are dying away because of the Autumn! the Rose hips are fantastically large this year. The Haw's on the Hawthorn tree are doing well, and you can make a herbal tea with them. I found a Yew tree with red fruit on which I thought unusual for this time of the year.
|Creamed horse radish|