27 August 2015

Apple Tree Disaster and a Question

The weather has been very wet down here in my part of Cornwall and as a result, the ground is saturated and the water table must be really high because the pond in my field has got plenty of water in it which is very unusual for this time of year. My apple trees this year have been really heavy with fruit and I now realise that I should have done something about it, probably by picking some of the fruit to stop the trees getting damaged.

 Sadly, I was too late and one morning last week, I woke up to see this.

One of my poor apple trees had fallen over in the night. It's a Christmas Pippin tree so the fruit is nowhere near ripe enough to pick and eat as eating apples so I'm hoping to use them as filling for crumbles and pies that I can freeze. I'm sure it will be ok but I'm guessing it might take quite a bit of sugar to make them sweet enough to taste ok.

Today, in between the rain showers, I set about the task of lopping off the branches and taking all but the smallest apples off in readiness for a day of apple peeling and stewing tomorrow. I'm certain it's the wrong time of year to prune apple trees but I want to try and save the tree by standing it back up, firming down the roots and re-staking it ..... the stake that was there has snapped in two. 

It was a pretty hazardous task though, taking the apples off the tree, because I have recently discovered a wasp's nest in the low dry stone wall which is the boundary to my property and it seemed as if every one of the little buggers was feasting on the rotting, fermenting apples that have dropped off the tree. There were drunken, angry wasps everywhere and although I'm not allergic to wasp stings, I was tested at the hospital when I had my first bout of spontaneous urticaria, I don't want to push my luck and get stung just in case. 

This is my other apple tree, variety "Katy", which is also heavy with fruit but happily, just about, still standing 

So, my question to you all ......... now that I have a couple of big trays of apples, what am I going to do with them? Does anyone have any good apple recipes, other than pies and crumbles? I don't want to waste the apples but there are only so many apple crumbles a girl can eat!


18 August 2015

SPOTS!!!!

This week I haven't done much in the way of painting, I have, however, done a massive amount in the way of scratching! YUK I hear you say and you'd be right!! For some bizarre reason, the allergy I developed this week from my spontaneous urticaria comes in the form of a horrible rash due to a severe allergy to the new laundry detergent I bought. It was on special offer and it's not like I haven't used it before because I have, I have used it many times in the past but I certainly won't be using it again for a while. I am now sitting in my old pyjamas because they are the only things I have that were washed in my old detergent and the only things that don't make me want to scratch like a mutt with fleas!!! It's awful, not even antihistamines are stopping the itching completely and sadly, there is nothing to do except wait for the rash to go and the itchiness to calm down. I am glum! I have washed everything in the house that might have even come in contact with the evil stuff and it's all out on the washing line drying in the sun. It's a good job that my neighbours are used to my bizarre behaviour and thankfully, no one batted an eyelid when they saw me hanging out a load of laundry in my PJ's and 2.30 in the afternoon!

On a brighter note, I have just noticed that I am almost at my 250th blog post. I can't believe it. How on earth did I find so much to waffle on about. Anyway, I was thinking that for my 250th post I would do a giveaway. I have no idea what it will be just yet but I thought as I have never done one before, I might give it a go. So, watch this space :-)