Such a bright sunny morning, too bright in fact for you to see just how many fruit are on the tree.
But here they are close up.
I was going to attempt to describe them but then I read what Nigel has to say about the quince and gave up.
'Plump, golden, curvaceous. A fat cherub of a fruit, with waxy skin and, here and there, patches of soft, pubescent down'.
Nigel Slater's new book from which that quotation is taken, is the second volume of Tender. Volume One deals with vegetables in the kitchen and the garden, and Volume Two deals with fruit. Not all fruit, just the ones that can be grown in an English garden. Apples, pears, plums, damsons, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, strawberries, blackberries, rhubarb.....
Each fruit gets a page like this. I find suggestions like this tremendously useful, even more so than recipes.
The recipes, though, are glorious.
Lamb with quinces
Slow-roast loin of pork with quinces and marsala
Soft quinces under a crisp crust
Apples and quinces baked in cream
Slow-cooked quinces with cassis
A fragrant winter breakfast
A quince pickle
Nigel recommends picking quinces when they 'turn from green to canary yellow'. That moment has arrived for my quinces but I'm waiting, gathering my strength, buying sugar, earmarking recipes until October comes.