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Plumtastic or Plumtastropie?

Plumtastic! It has been a bumper plum year , in fact the last three years have been bumper plum years. We only just finished the plums in the freezer from 2012, so that’s all of 2013 still there for this winter. Which left this as a problem.

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That’s what my plum tree looks like right now after I have given loads away and made lots of plummy goodness.

Plums like these

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have become plum crumbles, plum cake

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plum loaf which is a little weird

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made as it is with a tub of cottage cheese. Then there was spiced plum chutney

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which bubbled away for an hour or so to become a years supply

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so what do I do next?

We had a plumtastrophie this year because the tree was just  over laden with plums, look what happened

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One snapped off branch and I think another has fallen too but I can’t tell because the rest of the tree gets in the way. So any thoughts on uses for plums or how to stop any more branches going the way of this one, next year? Please.

PS Neighbours and friends all have plums from us already.

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September photo show and tell

September has to be my favourite month of all. As the heat of summer subsides into the golden days of autumn, something stirs in the air. The garden goes into overdrive with veggies and fruit to harvest. And my mind turns to lots of new projects!

And then there is always the every day and the unexpected..

Here’s my September in Pictures. Do  click on them to see them bigger!  Let’s start with these..

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at one point I was picking this quantity on a daily basis. We have quite a lot of tomato soup in the freezer now. Oh and I am now getting this quantity just twice a week.

Then there were

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THE PLUMS. We ran out of containers to pick them into! So we have enough stewed plums for 16 plum crumbles, we got brownie points from friends, neighbours and work colleagues to whom we donated plums (off loaded!). We have plum chutney and

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Plum Jam. This much..

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And it is very nice though I say so myself.

There was the everyday of course. The walks in the field where my tree is. You can see how little rain we had this summer.

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I am very fond of the cows in this field. They are so pretty.

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Then there are our Sunday walks on the moors and in the dales. We went to Farndale this weekend. No daffodils but sheep as ever.

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Then there are the visits from and to my Dad. I pass this when I go straight from work to his.

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On the side of an old railway building- the station now being a house. The railway line long gone.

But what was unexpected? Well two lovely surprises. In the early part of the year I did a post about the village of Thornton Dale. I wrote about my ancestors who had a forge there and a son who became a vet. Well, two of the descendents from the family got in touch with me,after reading my blog, and I met up with one of them. We had a super time, comparing our lives, looking for and finding family likenesses. We share our 3x great grandparents. We went another walk around Thornton Dale, and Mrs C spotted this on the almshouses.

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now my 2x great grandmother was a Maw- so the question is – do I have a link? A project for the winter, perhaps?

Then an old school friend got in touch, organizing a meal for our school year- so much laughter, so many

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memories to share. And a super evening.

And then to new projects. I bet you knew I wouldn’t be able to let this new catalogue get passed me

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I didn’t

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Where’s my knitting needles now?

Joining in with Sophies photo show and tell

Love to hear what September has brought you.

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