The inevitable consequence of
Apple Day in October is of course a new batch of cider making.
And this year our friend Derek was on hand to record it all on film, leaving me in presenting terms somewhere between
Jack Hargreaves and Kevin McCloud I fear.
Anyway, grab your popcorn for the first (and quite possible last) Secret Acre movie…
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Tagged Apple Day, apple juice, cider, cider making, Derek Houston, Emma Alesworth, film, Jack Hargreaves, Kevin McCloud, movie, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, YouTube |
October of course sees the official arrival of Apple Day in the UK, and an opportunity for harvest weary smallholders to invite friends round to help out under the guise of having a party!
Although in truth our
apple crop had been arriving progressively in the kitchen since the start of August.
And The Secret Acre is certainly no stranger to hosting
our own Apple Day events, in our long standing quest to make cider, which fortunately seems to be getting better with time at least. Continue reading
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Tagged apple, Apple Day, apple juice, cider, cider making, fermenting, October, orchard, pasteuriser, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, The Secret Acre |
August’s harvest rapidly flowed into the Sept/Oct apple crop (more on this in the next blog) and before you know it here we are in November!
But while this hectic period was on, we still found time to enter September’s traditional local Village Show.
Now, veterans of this blog will know
we have form when it comes to Shows.
Well, I say we, but although we have both entered before, only Emma had actually triumphed.
Posted in Good Life |
Tagged apple, cakes, chutney, cider, dog, Emma Alesworth, harvest, marmalade, Paul Rainger, Produce Show, rosettes, Ruby, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, village show |
April was unusually warm and dry, ensuring Spring arrived with a vengeance, underlining the timeless wonder of it all.
At The Secret Acre it proved a busy month
recycling, creating new borders, as well as cutting the grass, planting the potatoes, planting extra successional broad beans and onions, and bottling the last of the cider. Continue reading
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Tagged April, borders, broad beans, cider, Garden, onions, Paul Rainger, pesto, potato, recycling, seeds, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, The Young Ones, timeless, wild garlic, wonder |
Sang no European rock band ever. But if they had, it would have made a fitting title for this, our final word on rural broadband, you’ll no doubt be relieved to hear.
And that’s because we have, to give credit where credit is due, actually reached a satisfactory conclusion.
Today is officially the first day of spring, if you’re a northern hemisphere type of person that is.
Of course the
early signs of spring have been popping up everywhere already, but today the sun has done its stuff, at 10.28am to be precise if you were in the UK. Continue reading
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