In comparison with last year, the strawberry crop of 2019 has been splendid. We now have jam, jam and more jam and lots of happy people have been gifted a punnet or two.
Still, we are down to the last few fruit ripening on the plants and so on Monday I made the final jars of preserve. This time, I was trying out gooseberries with the strawberries and needed a few more of the former to supplement those I had been picking as part of my fruit and vegetable allowance from the local organic farm. Fortunately, I remembered the community garden at the other end of the village by the lock.
I noticed that the majority of the raspberries had already gone but presumably the gooseberries are less attractive. However, I only took about 200g, enough to make up the difference in my ingredients, and left the rest for another villager to enjoy.
And then I went for a short walk along the canal (actually, it is part of the River Aire which has been ‘tamed’) as it was such a pleasant morning.