10.8.07

Plums in general

Plums in the hedgerow ready to pick



Plums for a woodland breakfast



Plums for snacking




Plums for jam




- with homemade bread




Plums to store for cold winter days when summer is gone.






A brief note about rabbit stew.

It was the kind of stew which involved not only Mr Bunny, but also a stripped roast chicken carcass, some leftover boiled potatos, a bowl of gravy I found in the fridge, various herbs, garlic and chutney, a handful of garden carrots and the all important 'this and that'. So not so much a recipe as a medley of odds and ends, all popped in the slow cooker for about 15 hours. And with excellent results.

23 comments:

paula said...

Mmmm! That plum jam on home-made bread looks most tasty!

Steph said...

Hi Gretel!

I sure hope you're keeping all of these gorgeous pictures for the book I keep nagging you about writing.

Guess what? I saw your beautiful illustrations in the "Pinwheels" book at the conference in LA. I was looking at the books on display and stopped at your distinctive and expressive style- AND I met the author- very sweet woman. A big congrats on that beautiful book!

XO

Merisi said...

Heavenly plums!
Your beautifully lined up jam jars make me want to try to make more jam once more (I am as proud as a peacock to report that I made 8 glasses of apricot jam, with my very own recipe - me, the no-jam-girl *smile*).

Sherry Rogers said...

Man o' Man do I want to live where you do!

I am coming out of my hiding. I am almost done with my 3 deadlines and I am exhausted.

I just love the vision of where you live. It is heavenly!

I am wondering if it is my English hertiage that makes me just love the way your home and area looks!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear...now you've put me in the mood for some delicious plum jam!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

oh my, I can almost tast a sweet juicy plum....sigh.

The Lone Beader said...

Plum is one of my most favourite fruits ! YUM

joanna said...

Oh my goodness, the jam looks GORGEOUS!! I can taste it from here... Love the labels on your jars :)

natural attrill said...

Yummy looking jam.

Toby loved the pickle you gave us, and as you made it he named it 'Grickle' !!

Please have a look on our blog and see if you can help identify, I know you are good at this kind of detective work!
Penny.
x

carolyn said...

Found my first blackberry in the hedgerow yesterday - it was gorgeous.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

I want to come and live at your place!!

weirdbunny said...

We've got no plums on our plum trees this year !!!

Soozcat said...

Mmmm, plums are dee-lish. When I was a wee girl we had a HUGE plum tree in the backyard, which produced copious quantities of shiny, almost-black friar plums. Mom made plum jam, plum jelly, plum fruit leather and plum juice for the winter. We complained about it then, but how I crave some of that plummy goodness now.

tash said...

I haven't made any jam this year, we're still wending our way through last year's glut. I do have a freezerful of redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries though! Must do something with them. I was thinking something along the line of a herby redcurrant jelly. Enjoy your plums!

Erica said...

Hi Gretel!

Nice plums! I have the urge to make jam. I need to indulge in the pure gloppyness of it all.

Erica
xxx

OldBagNewTricks said...

I so love the idea of plums, if not the actual plums themselves. Maybe I've never yet had a nice ripe one -- your photos are all so scrumptious... I'll keep trying. Or I'll simply buy jam...

Jenny

Milla said...

you're right, sob, not allowed on to the elephant site. So insulting!! But it proves it works. And now you've made me feel weak with hunger, too, with all that jam!

Victorya said...

*gets out her epi-pen before she goes into anaphylactic shock*

Never eaten a plum for that reason. Always look lovely, if deadly.

onceinabluemoon said...

Hello Pg...as I write this with tear filled eyes...so please excuse the odd spelling mistake!
I can only be honest and tell you I have been blown away this morning with your blog...
in fact i am speechless...well almost....
What can i say but,whooof,what a talent,I am in awe of your work and your background,determination, must be the first or at most the second word in your dictionary,the first being,Gifted.
You have inspired me today and I am so greatful for reading your blog,how nice to see a gifted individual display their work with such a passion ,most of the art blogs I have read have been so inwardly selfrightous...wrong spelling?...
so Purplecoo can have a day off from my lap top ,i will be spending my day looking through your pages....
I'm sorry for being so ...out there...with this comment but feel the need to let you know just what you have done for me today...I needed a kick up the old backside....well,have I just been given an almighty whopper of a kicking ,after looking at this page.
I thank you for that..

julie said...

Mmmm plum jam - best kind there is! I bet yours tastes divine and it definitely looks like it should win 1st place in a Women's Institute jam competition - beautiful packaging.

Ash said...

How lovely your packaged up preserves look - and I am so impressed that your labels vary with the girth of the jars! I have just refound a plum butter recipe which I have put up on Tart's Tales and mean to try this year but our plum tree is v sick so I'll be doing swaps for apples with someone, I think.
xx L and Ash

miss*R said...

Gretel! I am just catching up on long overdue visits... so much has happened in the past months.
Guess what! I am coming to the Uk to visit Cornwall, in 2009..
I have loved catching up on your blog - the plums look & sound wonderful. The photo of the plums and thermos reminds me of picnics by the roadside when I was a little gal..
I have my little box from Devon beside my bed :)

Alexiev said...

mmm... that desire to eat those candies... seem very rich... Greetings from Buenos Aires...

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