Picking Plums

Last year was my first time eating fresh plums, picked straight off the branch on the farm. I didn't know how much I liked plums until then and now I look forward to the brief "plum season" on the farm with great eagerness. In the weeks leading up to September I was constantly asking Thomas if the plums were ripe yet, or checking the trees myself so I wouldn't miss an opportunity to go picking. Now that they are in season I borrowed a basket and plundered the trees to my heart's content! In no time at all we picked enough plums to keep us happy in fresh nibbles and plum pastry for a couple of weeks. Too soon they'll be gone and it will be a whole year before we get to enjoy this tasty treat again. This year we're also hunting down the more elusive hedgerow damsons. Even without a farm to pick, it's the harvest season for a variety of wild fruits like blackberries, crab apples, and damsons. We're learning to make homemade jellies this year--so far our crab apple jelly (made with wild red crab apples with pink flesh that made the loveliest pink-y jelly) was quite successful. Damson jam or jelly is Thomas's next goal since that is his favorite jelly, so I have my fingers crossed that will turn out as nicely as our crab apple jelly did!  
The Other Sparrows beret, Miss Patina blouse, old skirt (similar herehere), tights, old shoes

The Other Sparrows beret, Miss Patina blouse, old skirt (similar here & here), tights, old shoes


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