Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Fall Felted Bag Exchange Weekly Topic

I may be too late on this one, but here we go....

As of this weekend, the season has officially changed on the calendar - but what makes Autumn feel like Autumn to you, and why?

Firstly, these - Autumn Bliss Raspberries. I grow them as bushes behind my garage and this is the first year I have had a full crop. They start Fruiting in September and will carry on until the first frosts come. If I'm picking these it must be Autumn.

I freeze them for puddings - cheesecake, cakes and crumbles. I make them into jam and cook them with sugar to make a sauce for my eldest son's Ice Cream.

There is also a large Damson tree in the garden which produces far more Damsons than I can use. This year I gave lots away to other people and there were still masses left.

And finally I also have one of these....

A Pear tree. I bought it when my eldest son was born in 1998 and it is planted in a very large pot so we can take it with us whenever we move house (three different places so far). Some years it produces nothing and others it is laden. This year was a good year and I will be poaching the pears in syrup and then freezing them. They get put into crumbles with Blueberries (I grow those too but they have finished fruiting by the end of August) or smothered in dark chocolate sauce. Nigella has just done a recipe for Pear and Ginger Muffins, so this year I will trying those.

For me, Autumn means fruit picking, jam making and freezing. Every day gets a little bit colder and every morning gets a little bit darker.


Jeanne said...

Wow - that fruit looks gorgeous! Yum! What are Damsons - plums?

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, I'll be sending out your Knit 1 Tea 2 package tomorrow...I'm sorry it's a day or two past the deadline, but it will arrive soon!

Those raspberries look so delicious.

-your pal

Arianne said...

I love your fruit plants!!! I wish we had a garden...I really miss cooking with things I've grown.

Dorothy said...

The berries look so yummy! I dream about canning. Since we rent, and I have no plants of any kind, it doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. But, someday!