Tuesday, 18 October 2011
We have a lovely old apple tree in the back garden. Last year we had about 12 apples but this year the tree was absolutely laden. I was convinced most of the apples wouldn't make it to maturity but they did. At first we didn't know what to do with all the windfallen and bird pecked apples so initially I was putting them in the food recycling bin but thought it would be so much better if they could get fed to local pigs. I always remember my dad saying how the pigs were sent in to the orchard to eat the fallen apples and that the resulting bacon had a fine flavour! In the end we found a willing eater........ my hairdresser's horse. We sent bags and bags over. I think they'll be getting withdrawl symptoms now as the last of the apples have now been picked. Apparently they used to queue up to be fed.
I'm not sure what kind of apples they are but they are certainly very tasty. I've made some lovely apple crumbles with them, just adding a small amount of honey. I spent a whole evening peeling, chopping and and stewing so we have a good supply of crumble base in the freezer. This coming weekend is the Conwy Feast, one of the biggest food festivals in Wales and there is usually an apple tent, so I might well take an apple to be identified. It's well worth checking out this festival http://www.conwyfeast.co.uk/ Hopefully I will get there so I'll add some more info and photos
Sunday, 9 October 2011
On Wednesday I had an appointment at the dentist.....this isn't my favourite pastime but I have to say that the walk there is fabulous and I wanted to share some of the views. The weather, fortunately had reverted to being warm although very blustery so I was able to put shorts back on (probably for the last time this year!!)
|7 minutes walk from Lymehurst B&B and this is the view from West Shore across to the mountains|
The coastal foot / cycle path starts here and you can walk all the way to Conwy with it's impressive castle and walled town
| The beach en route to Deganwy where the dental surgery is situated.|
|Conwy mussel man using long rake to rake up mussels|
This is the view looking towards the mouth of the estuary. It is not every day you can see such a sight as mussels being harvested in such a traditional way, which probably has not changed in centuries.
|Looking back , a view towards Deganwy Marina|
|The beach with Conwy Mountain in the background.|