The quince vodka is made.
It may look like a jar of manky* fruit at the moment but by Christmas it will have become a beautiful, golden nectar.
Mrs Thrifty Household very kindly offered to send me a jar of her Japanese quince jelly. I immediately said yes and promised her a jar of my tree quince jelly in return.
Japanese quinces or japonicas grow on a small shrub called chaenomeles. I thought that they were unrelated to my tree quinces which have a quite different name -cydonia oblonga, but I was wrong. They are related, a fact that becomes obvious when you taste jelly made from both fruit. Mrs Thrifty Household's jelly was much tarter than mine but the flavour was the same and as you can see the colour is identical.
Both are delicious.
Do you know what I am most afraid of?
I am terrified that the next jar I add to my preserves shelf which is screwed to our garage wall, will be the one which causes it to fall crashing to the floor.
I am, therefore, going to remove my jars from the shelf and put them in the cupboard below. This means I will have to forgo the daily pleasure of seeing my lovely jars all lined up ready and waiting to be eaten.
Remember the Puffin postcards in this post (scroll down a bit) ?
These are a recent acquisition -Ladybird Postcards. I remember many of these Ladybird covers, but many are new to me. A lovely bit of nostalgia.
* The spell checker thingy tells me that manky is not a word and suggests I use panky instead.