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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Mostly Foraging

gorgeous quinces from the cotswolds
blackberry trip
Autumn is well and truly upon us. We've had stunning late summer weather and been collecting fruit like nobody's business. to add the icing to the cake Alys Fowlers new book The Thrifty Forager came out and was fairly instantly purchased. whilst i am not quite as mad for wild greens as Alys, I do love her inspirational books and have loved reading this book along with the River Cottage Hedgerows book by the very witty John Wright.

we've  picked our sloes already and popped them in the freezer. they are juicy and abundant this year. Also managed to find lots of hazel or cob nuts - some are empty but some are not and delicious. am trying to keep them for christmas treats but that may be hard...

its also been a really busy month as the hen and stag do's have taken place in advance of the holt - grundmann nuptuals in october. the hen do was fabulous. apart from a whole weekend away from the kids (you need one everyone now and again!) the weather, company and location were all great. the organisers excelled themselves and whats more we made cocktails, designed t-shirts and decorated pants! lots of craft and drink ensued. Luisa gamely drank our homemade cocktails and pronounced our version of a tom collins with crabapples instead of raspberries "delicious". I never thought we'd use a whole jar of the stuff and that a bona fide Riverford Chef would be the mixologist but there you are! sadly i forgot to take a photo of the pants but i designed a little lucky pants purse to stash a spare pair in - in case you get caught short of course! it was obvious i had made them so i lost that round of the drinking game.

view from our lodge at sunset

canoes at cotswold water park- hen venue

sophisticated crabapple collins

scary glow in the dark cocktail by Carissa

Weasel gamely trying all the cocktails

the wiser amongst us moved to champagne

kids and apple juice
  on a less alcoholic note we've drunk lots of fresh apple juice - courtesy of my parents lovely eating apple - i think a james grieve though it's never been formally identified. i do know it makes fine juice of the less alcoholic type!!