After a weekend of tractor work and hay deliveries for Bill, while I was selling Fruit Gin with Beth at a local show or picking raspberries and runner beans which seem to ripen as fast as they’re picked, it was good to spend a few hours of Sunday afternoon sitting together in the shade of the apple tree enjoying the sunshine. It was a brilliantly hot day (possibly the last hot day of summer) and the breeze blew through the branches sending apples to the ground every few minutes.
I also had time to make some Marrow marmalade with one of the the courgettes that have grown enormous. This doesn’t sound particularly tempting but actually tastes rather good as the marrow turns translucent and absorbs the lemon infused syrup. I eat this on toast as a traditional marmalade or as a sweet accompaniment to goats cheese or a chunk of Wensleydale cheese.