Morning. It's a perfect autumnal start to the day; the sun is shining, it's cool, the early mist has almost cleared and we had rain overnight. It feels so much fresher and less humid than yesterday too, at the moment anyway.
I got to Lathcoats yesterday morning and picked another containerful of plums. There are still plenty to pick but I had to go to the far end to find them. They are so ripe that pick one and three or four fall off at the same time.
I also went a bit bonkers with their apples too so I have rather a lot to eat now. As well as about ten varieties of their own apples, they also had more Smitten apples from elsewhere so I splashed out on some of them too. I love apples so eating them will be no hardship!
We're so lucky to have a place where they grow so many different varieties and let you taste before you buy.
Once home, I washed and sorted the plums. Some split as soon as I looked at them and I removed the stones and popped them in my maslin pot. The rest will either be halved and frozen or put in the fridge for desserts and snacks - I had some stewed with a sweet omelette and it was so delicious!
I'm maki8ng plum jam in two stages. Yesterday, I cooked them and added the sugar, setting it aside once the sugar had dissolved. Today I have to dig some jam jars out of the garage and then I will boil the mixture to setting point. It's just a simple plum jam, no added spices or anything. It will make nice Christmas presents.
Circuits was tough! A week and a half off (or semi off) does one no good at all. I was shattered afterwards so I came home and chilled. And that was my day really.
Today starts with Groove aerobics and Sharon was going to do my hair but she's rescheduled for Friday so I'm going to get moving with some serious housework today, after I've made the jam. The place is a bit of a mess, to be honest, and it needs a good going over.
Not the most exciting day but it should be satisfying (when it's all done)
I hope yours is too. xx