We went out on our bikes last weekend to make the most of the fading autumn sunshine and my foraging feelers spied these lovely apples high up in the branches of a tree on our way home. There were a couple of small green windfalls on the ground but like a magpie to shiny objects I was drawn to the large red and yellow tree ripening apples on the branches beyond reach. ‘C’mon‘ sighed George as I stood astride my bike transfixed, ‘you can’t have them, it’s scrumping if you take them!‘ I had no intention of scrumping of course and every intention of asking so I paused while he cycled off and smiled to myself as I wheeled my bike up the drive to knock on the door. Two minutes later when George doubled back to find me I introduced him to Sue and Martin who had picked all the apples they could reach and were more than happy for us to return the next day with the car and a ladder to take as many as we wanted.
What a haul! An entire tub full of apples. I shall return with an appley delight when I decide what I’m going to do with them all; in the meantime a damson jam thank you had to suffice. I did wonder if any of the neighbours would approach us while picking as Sue and Martin were out when we arrived but apart from this fine lady peering over the wall of the house opposite we were left to our peaceful picking.
If you’re wondering what I’m going to do with all these apples. I’m not sure yet but apple pie, apple chutney and apple cordial are top of my list!
2013 update – I finally got round to writing a round up post for some of the apple recipes I blogged about: 5 ways .. with a ton of apples.
If you enjoyed my apple roundup post you might find something to inspire here too ..