First off, I returned from Mother-in-law's on Sunday with a 5lb bag of frozen plums from her friend's garden - free :)
A trip to the forest on Monday yielded a couple of pounds of blackberries - free :)
Together these freebies yielded 10 jars of jam and just cost me about £2.50 for the sugar.
This morning the Moog woke me (but oddly not Moogsdad who carried on snoring!) at 5.40am with a bout of woofage.
After a cuppa and half an hour with a good book I wandered into the garden.
The slugs have been making free with my tomatoes so drastic action was required.
All the dangly down tomatoes - mostly green ones - that were most in danger of sluggery were picked and well washed.
Result - 3lbs green tomatoes - almost free (cost of a few teeny plug plants) :)
A third of them were reasonable and are now on the windowsill ripening. The other two thirds were duly chopped and turned into 8 jars of green tomato chutney.
Having gotten my pickling mojo I then moved on to a 50p marrow from the farm shop - which yielded 5 1/2 jars of yummy Marrow and Ginger chutney.
You will notice the rather motley selection of jars I used. I have been so tempted to buy some of the pretty jars available from this ebay shop but talked myself out of it in the interests of being green!!
In amongst the pickling action a wee bit of baking got done too - one to eat and one to freeze.
I also picked this up at the Works yesterday for a fiver and am looking forward to trying out some of the yumminess within.
I can feel the first hint of autumn in the air and I'm looking forward to the change of seasons....not that we'll notice it after the awful summer we've had!!
I love autumn. We get the forest back after the summer hoards have gone. Long walks with the Moog are in order...and hopefully some foraging for some more free food....I have a yearning to make sloe gin...can't imagine why.....
The chickens have gone into full production too.
For the first time yesterday all four girls laid - Minx was so excited that she managed to drop one of the eggs!
I found these two chaps whilst tomato harvesting:
'Quick...hide...or she'll turn you into chutney!!!'