Here we are, almost at the end of autumn again, and I was thinking about the tasks our forbears would’ve done at this time of the year, all those years ago … They would’ve been busy, amongst other things, with cooking and preserving the fruit that they had, to provide a little bit of luxurious ‘sunshine’ for the winter …

Just to prove that I can be a pretty good Domestic Goddess when I want to, I decided to do the same … It gives you a pleasant feeling of ‘prepared-ness’ after all …

I picked all the apples from my small apple-tree, too hard and sour to be eaten raw, and a half an hours cutting, peeling, chopping and cooking (with a little marsala wine, cinnamon and orange juice) yielded a large pan of applesauce which I can use neat or as pie filling or other pudding filling … It’s been split up into portions and frozen for the winter, an option our forbears may not have had …

Also I took the opportunity to make a batch of rhubarb jam, which I love, with a passion …!  Here it is cooling in its sterilised jars …!