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A couple of weeks ago we were planning to move a colony of bees to Hathersage, A village in the Peak District of Derbyshire. Our plans didn't work out and then I mislaid their number so we aborted the move. Yesterday we finally managed it!
The colony was for first time beekeepers S. and L, who I am sure will make excellent beekeepers. They live on a farm in the hills with views to die for. Where to site the hive had to be given quite a bit of thought as the farm is quite exposed and is can be effected by strong winds. However they looked pretty snug when we left. I took a couple of pictures of them and their surroundings, but for some reason the pics didn't turn out.
Before we set off home we had a cup of tea and also tried some soft cheese that they are producing and will be marketing. And very very nice it was too, a bit like a tastier Brie (we love Brie) They kindly gave us a half round to take home, which we resisted eating as we drove along. As we drove through Crich we popped into "The Loaf" bakery and bought a light rye loaf.
Back home -out with the butter, a couple of freshly picked tomatoes, the loaf, the cheese and we ate the lot!! Oh my it was a delicious, simple meal.
A friend said that she had some plums picked for me. I was a little tied up so my granddaughter fetched them for me .. bags and bags of yellow plums!!. So far I have stoned and open frozen the perfect ones, bagged a several pounds of smaller, less perfect ones for wine, stewed 4 pounds for a couple of crumbles and made some jam ( the chickens have had the really rubbish ones)
I used a simple recipe for the jam, which is pretty foolproof. Here it is -
To each 3 pound of plums add half a pint of water and cook until soft
Add 3 pounds of warmed sugar and cook until setting point reached.
That's it. I always remove the stones and I don't crack these and add them to the jam tied in muslin as it is such a faff and I am unhappy about using plum stones as they can be quite toxic.
All for now