Tag Archives: Crab Apples

Rocking Dog Still Pickling and Jellying!

Getting Pickled!, Rocking Dog

Getting Pickled!

Rocking Dog is making the most of the crab apple harvest. Organically grown crab apples have been cooked with cider vinegar and rosemary. The pulp is now being allowed to drip slowly, slowly, slowly through a jelly bag. Juice extracted, the mixture will be returned to the pan and sugar will be added. Voila – jelly will be produced. I think it’s going to be a glorious colour. The jelly would be wonderful served with lamb and a great alternative to mint sauce.

Another batch or two of pickles will be cooked up and then it really will be time to Frou the kennel. Thankfully we don’t need to go far to buy a tree and mistletoe. How nostalgic it would be to pull the tree through the snow on a sledge. I know i’m a sentimental old fool!

There will be some wonderful apple juice for sale on Sunday. Produced by the boys with the gorgeous Mr McGregor style vegetable patch, the juice is made from old apple varieties. Buy some for Christmas for those souls who are driving. They will certainly not feel shortchanged.

Crab Apple Harvest,Rocking Dog

Crab Apple Harvest

Jolly Lids,Rocking Dog

Jolly Lids

Come On A Walk With Real Live Rocking Dog

Come, Walk With Me, Rocking Dog

Come, Walk With Me

Real Live Rocking Dog loves a good early morning ramble. Yesterday it was still, positively silent, and there was a characteristic autumnal nip in the air. Mist clung to everything. Cobwebs sported pearl like dewy droplets and ferns dripped their moisture like exotic Amazonian rain forest flora.

The fox had been busy overnight. There were four tell tale feathery piles along the trail. Later I spotted the wily white tipped tailed gentleman during my afternoon walk. He sat staring at me nonchently for a while before heading off into the undergrowth. Real Live Rocking Dog was oblivious to his presence.

There is foraging to be done, rose-hips for syrup perhaps, blackberries for pies and crab apples for jelly. Mushrooms have literally burgeoned overnight and get you questioning “are they fit for eating or not?”

With the cold chill, rust coloured leaves are leaving the security of their branches. They will form a cushioned pathway and in time form humus. Absorbed into the earth the hedgerows will brim with renewed growth and vigour heralding the spring.

After his walk Real Live Rocking Dog loves nothing more than to sit on an upstairs window seat watching the world go by. Even better the experience for him if the radiator is on and someone comes to wrap a blanket around him. A spoilt precious pet indeed!

Skeletal Flora, Rocking Dog

Skeletal Flora

Make Syrup?, Rocking Dog

Make Syrup?

Dewy Web, Rocking Dog

Dewy Web

To Eat Or Not?, Rocking Dog

To Eat Or Not?

Fox Filling!, Rocking Dog

Fox Filling!

Billy Goats Gruff, Rocking Dog

Billy Goats Gruff

Autumn Mist, Rocking Dog

Autumn Mist

Sour Harvest, Rocking Dog

Sour Harvest

Bountiful Berries, Rocking Dog

Bountiful Berries