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Blackberry and Apple Jam
Wed 20-Oct-10
10:33 am
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Nanny Cook
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Must get around to making my blackberry and apple jam.  Hubby has picked 4lb of blackberries which I have put in the freezer, while waiting for my cooking apples to get a bit bigger.  They are hopeless this year!  Anyone else had a poor crop of cooking apples? thumbs_down

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Yep, Marilyn, you could call it a poor cropping year - we didn't even get any blossom this year, so not a single apple. In fact, none of our apple trees have produced any apples this year.

Our Morello cherries, Conference pears, Victoria plums and crab apples - big bounty, but no apples.

However, many, many years ago, and in a supermarket in Holland, I bought a very unusual pelargonium*, and each year we take cuttings. At the end of the season we always have far too many to look after, so often have to ask around for any takers for our surplus. This year we happened on a lady who sells flowers at the roadside outside her own home. She was over the moon with these wonderful flowers, and said "Come and take as many apples as you wish, we have a tree-load!" I have been cooking up apples since!!

*I think the pelargonium (which had no label) is "Minstrel Boy" - the flower looks like a chocolate butterfly, and is very vigorous.

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Wed 20-Oct-10
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That sounds lovely BS.  I do like Pellies.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Marylin our tree was pretty rubbish this year- it is never up to much, but worse than usual- half the tree had nothing, most of the 30 apples on the other half rotted before they were ripe. Sigh.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sun 24-Oct-10
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Ours weren't much better, good job one tree had apples on and hopefully our new apples will be better in the coming years.roll_eyes

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