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Sir Charlres Napier and Wendover Aug 2013 139
I went away to Normandy this weekend for my bi-annual pig-out around the countryside. No cheese is safe in Northern France when I beach myself on the shores, drunk on fresh sea air (and, um, a small personal supply of vin rouge.)

Anyway, I returned home late last night and this morning when I went for a little stroll in my garsn, I came across a beautiful sight. My fruit trees.

Suddenly it’s time. Grab your guitars and cultivate your beards girls, harvest season is about to start. My apples are turning Snow White red, the plums are suddenly verdant purple, the quinces are full of hairy promise.

Sir Charlres Napier and Wendover Aug 2013 137


Sir Charlres Napier and Wendover Aug 2013 138

I have a massive crop of apples this year so I’ve been scouring around for good chutney recipes (help anyone!) and also prettier ways to store my bounty.

So far, I’ve found these gorgeous tinted glass Kilner storage jars from Cargo HomeShop (the green one holds 1kg, £4.50, the smaller is 700g at £4) – way more interesting than plain glass and perfect for family vats of apple sauce or chopped fruit for brekkie.

cargo kilner bottles_Fotor 2

I also like these chunky ribbed bottles from Steamer Trading Cookshop – lovely for home-made cordials or juices. The 250ml bottle costs £3.79.

roma glass bottles

And how about this cute preserve gift kit from Mac and Ninny (£6.50)? It comes in 8 different patterns if strawberry isn’t your thing.


Mac and Ninny preserve kit £6.50



I also like these Lakeland preserve labels and lids (£3.99) as a cooler retro graphic version than the now predictable vintage of Cath Kidston.
Lakeland - give what you grow jam kit £3.99


So there you go. My home-made preserves ready to be prettified, if I can just find the time to be a chutney-making home-baking mother in my September schedule…

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1 comment on “It’s nearly time – but are you ready?”

  • Anne Marie Rumbol August 30, 2013

    Hi Hero,
    I would love to be included in your hotlist – I teach vinyasa flow yoga, pregnancy yoga, post-natal yoga, restorative yoga and meditation at Healthy Balance Clinic in Great Missenden and at Yoga Venue in Oxford. Please let me have more details.
    Anne Marie


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