Sunday 14 December 2008

The December pantry

Along the broad shelves round the walls were pots of jam, blackberry and apple, from the woods and orchard, Victoria plum from the trees on house and barn, black currant from the garden, and red currant jelly, damson cheese from the half wild ancient trees which grew everywhere, leaning over walls, dropping their blue fruit on paths and walls, in pigsty and orchard, in field and water trough, so that Susan thought they were wild as hips and haws. Pickles and spices filled old brown pots decorated with crosses and flowers, like the pitchers and crocks of Will Shakespeare's time.

1 comment:

  1. I love making jam... my favorite is black berry. Unfortunately, the black berries don't grow much on the prairie like they do in B.C., where I grew, up so I miss it a lot.