How often is it that you are told your friend has an orchard, laden with fruit?
Not often in my case.
Sarah, an artist friend with her own studio in that orchard of hers, offered me a "pick your own" time whilst she was away for a week.
So Tony and I cycle out there first. It was a sunny day, and we fancied the exercise, stopping half way at the Shell garage for a refreshing cider lolly.
& we return the next day with firm boxes to protect the bounty we are about to pick,
armed with a small, 2 step foot ladder to reach the lower branches.
I had to stop Tony on the damson tree, it was looking greedily decimated.
we've got apples
and 7 kilos of damson
so I've been making, pickled plums, plum jam, apple pies, damson jam, damson gin, damson pickle & damson gin
coupled with oriental style hoisin/plum sauce using damson today.
Once I've finished, I'll post the processes I've used for you.