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Gooseberries Robins and Roses

19 November 2017 20:39:48

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I had a bumper crop of gooseberries this year. I had quite a  lot picked when things went wrong. The plan was to make gooseberry jam which I had made for decades. I put over 8 lbs into the fridge and hoped that i would get the time to make the jam but  between hospitalisation and other factors, the jame was not made. So between the fruit which I picked in June and the others which were devoured by the birds, none was made at the appropriate time. Recently when I seemed to have the time, the only thing I could do was to throw them into the compost heap. 

Roses seemed to be very good in June, then things went wrong. I still have a few. Normally I would have them until December. The recent frost didn't do much for them. Some of them, on the rose tree were almost as big as my hand.

My feathered friend, the robin,  comes to me quite often  Sometimes he comes in the back door for his food. Often when I go outside he is there waiting for me so when some bird seed is put in his box, he is in. Recently when I raked the leaves, and we seemed to have a lot this year, he comes along to pick up any live objects which probably is his favourite.

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DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 19 November 2017 21:36:26

The resident robin master of his domain . One here too Dick and he follows me about just in case ......

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 November 2017 21:44:38

Resident robins here too, Dick. But also wrens, who are as welcome as robins.

Scrubber Scrubber 19 November 2017 23:04:54

Oh dear sad about the gooseberries but the fact that you are better more than compensates!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 November 2017 23:52:30

Such a shame about the gooseberries Dick but that rose looks great! This year I popped the raspberries and blackberries into freezer instead of the fridge so I can make the jam as it is needed! 

Jackie Jackie 20 November 2017 19:29:01

Glad to hear you are better Dick. The little Robins here are great and so friendly. Lovely rose too!

edulis edulis 22 November 2017 21:04:26

This year, on the advice of a Polish gardener friend, I added half a large jar of gooseberries to almost half a jar of vodka and topped up with organic sugar.  After a few weeks drained the liquid (delicious in small glasses) and at a later date I used the gooseberries which made a luxury desert with cream.  I had also added a few lemon verbena leaves for some extra flavour.  This was also done with my thornless blackberries in the same way and even more delicious. Rhubarb and plums work too.  It is much quicker than making jam.  Anyone know a reasonable source of vodka??


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