Yesterday we were given fifteen pounds (that's FIFTEEN POUNDS) of 'lammas plums' by some very nice freecyclers. I am not entirely sure how lammas plums fit in to the Plum Family Hierarchy (or Bullaces for that matter - I think they're rounder, aren't they?); but they are a lovely dark purple with a beautiful blush on them and they fell off in dozens when we shook the tree - with the help of a very friendly two or three month old kitten.
We have put aside nine pounds for wine (should make two gallons) and the rest I made in to jam. Due to a bit of a dozy moment I added far too much water at the beginning of the Jam Process (tm) and then had to rootle round for other fruit to add so it wouldn't come out too sloppy and fail to set. So we now have 'Mixed Fruit Jam, July 2007', which contains plums, raspberries and blackberries.
In other news - we have had some friends to stay over the weekend, which was a very nice break indeed - we chilled out, we ate, we watched DVDs and generally relaxed.
And today we are toddling off to stay with B's mum and dad for a night or two, in order to a) catch up with friends in Wallasey, b) to catch up with a chap who owes us some money and, very importantly, c) to (hopefully) meet up with Turquoise Lisa, who has offered to lend us a birthing pool and a birthing ball. Seven weeks today before I'm supposed to need them.
Let us talk about other things. For example - the vole under the bed. What do you do when the cat brings in a vole at 4am and deposits it under the bed? Do you
- a) Spend an hour looking for the vole? or
- b) Try to ignore the fact that the cat is playing Vole Tennis all over the bedroom, including, occasionally, actually ON the bed? or
- c) Remove the cat from the bedroom, shut the door and hope the vole goes to sleep?
And also, ScribeFire - which is what I more often than not use to post. The latest update doesn't seem to have a 'click to close' option anywhere - no menu item, no cross at the top right. You can hit F8 to make it go away; which is fine. But who in their right mind these days writes an interface WITHOUT A CROSS TO CLICK?
That is today's grumble. Also, I forgot to shut the hens up last night and should put some socks on and go and see if they are still alive. I'm a bit scared to go and look to be honest.
That's all for now, I think. Oh, except we are hoping to move house the first weekend in September, if anyone fancies coming to help? :)