Monday, 30 July 2007

jam

finished jamSome people achieve jam. Others have jam thrust upon them.

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.

jam and jam pan 2There are SIXTEEN JARS. Sixteen jars! Wow. And that doesn't include the bit that B drank during the bottling process. And it tastes flippin' fantastic. Yay! for jam!

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.

Eeep!

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?
I did c). But now there is a vole in the bedroom and I can't find it.

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? :)

15 comments:

  1. So, there's no way to close the program? That's shoddy.

    I recommend w.bloggar to offline blog, it's fabulous. Though I don't use it as much now since I switched to Wordpress

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  2. So, there's no way to close the program? That's shoddy.

    I recommend w.bloggar to offline blog, it's fabulous. Though I don't use it as much now since I switched to Wordpress

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  3. It's obscurely reassuring that in these days there are still people around who are prepared to give away 15 lbs of fruit. restores one's faith somewhat.

    Ooh, 7 weeks! Eeep, indeed!

    Definitely C. The vole will reappear, fear not.

    Re scribefire - right click on menubar icon and select open in window to show a closing button - but you knew that already ;). They promise to put the little red "X" back in the next realease.

    Good luck with the move. I'd love to help but...well...you know.

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  4. It's obscurely reassuring that in these days there are still people around who are prepared to give away 15 lbs of fruit. restores one's faith somewhat.

    Ooh, 7 weeks! Eeep, indeed!

    Definitely C. The vole will reappear, fear not.

    Re scribefire - right click on menubar icon and select open in window to show a closing button - but you knew that already ;). They promise to put the little red "X" back in the next realease.

    Good luck with the move. I'd love to help but...well...you know.

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  5. please where do you get your energy from, and can I have something from the same monkey gland or whatever.

    The changes in your life over the last 12 months are stunning. I continue to be very happy for you

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  6. please where do you get your energy from, and can I have something from the same monkey gland or whatever.

    The changes in your life over the last 12 months are stunning. I continue to be very happy for you

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  7. We have a small rodent in our bedroom, too. It keeps me awake at night with its scratching, and recently I discovered it has left a stash of pecans in the bottom of the closet. I am buying mousetraps.

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  8. That's alot of jam! We made raspberry jam this weekend, despite having left all our canning stuff in Iowa.

    Wow! so, you found a buyer? you found a house?

    That's great!

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  9. That's alot of jam! We made raspberry jam this weekend, despite having left all our canning stuff in Iowa.

    Wow! so, you found a buyer? you found a house?

    That's great!

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  10. Goodtwin, over from KW's place:
    Our rather small and very neglected plum tree manages to produce between 60lbs and 120lbs every three years. We are generally begging people to take them away from us :-)
    I'd go with c) too, I value my sleep. I am glad we don't have a catflap.

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  11. Goodtwin, over from KW's place:
    Our rather small and very neglected plum tree manages to produce between 60lbs and 120lbs every three years. We are generally begging people to take them away from us :-)
    I'd go with c) too, I value my sleep. I am glad we don't have a catflap.

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  12. Oh yes, c, without a doubt.
    Lovely to meet you. Hope I wasn't too manic (you were my first grown-up conversation since yesterday lunchtime!) and hope the children were not too scary ;) Too late now if they were.
    Thanks for the jam, too!

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  13. Oh yes, c, without a doubt.
    Lovely to meet you. Hope I wasn't too manic (you were my first grown-up conversation since yesterday lunchtime!) and hope the children were not too scary ;) Too late now if they were.
    Thanks for the jam, too!

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  14. Vole v probably dead of shock behind heaviest piece of furniture in room. Will be able to locate it by smell next week, never fear.

    Memories of mate Colin, on whose wedding night the cat brought in a VERY large rat which wasn't quite dead and then had life-or-death struggle with same under bed. In dark. Both rat and cat screaming at top of lungs. At length screaming stopped and crunching started, but both Col and new wife too scared to put feet down to look which animal had won.

    Until purring started.

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  15. Vole v probably dead of shock behind heaviest piece of furniture in room. Will be able to locate it by smell next week, never fear.

    Memories of mate Colin, on whose wedding night the cat brought in a VERY large rat which wasn't quite dead and then had life-or-death struggle with same under bed. In dark. Both rat and cat screaming at top of lungs. At length screaming stopped and crunching started, but both Col and new wife too scared to put feet down to look which animal had won.

    Until purring started.

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