Friday, 24 April 2020

Blossom and Baking in Lock down



I realise I have taken far too many pictures of our apple blossom. We have quite a lot of trees with the blossom (and subsequent apples!) spanning a few weeks. To help with the fertilisation we have two crab apples.
John Downie. almost finished here, there will be sudden drop of petals like snow, from this in the next couple of days.

Here is Golden Hornet, the buds started opening a couple of days ago. The very many small yellow apples making a great show later in the year.
 This is the blossom of Arthur Turner. This picture doesn't do it justice. I might try again for a better ;picture. This cooker is known for it's lovely blossom.
 Here is Grenadier, another cooker, with far too many blossoms really to produce good sized fruits for processing. Hopefully there will be a good June drop to reduce the number of fruits. If you think this pic is a little out of focus it is because the sprinkler is playing on it!
 Enough apple blossom for now methinks. Onto baking...
The neighbour who left me some fresh yeast ( I left a loaf on HER doorstep) asked if I needed any more and how was I doing for flour? Well I'm getting down my stocks pretty quickly and each week my personal shopper (grandson J.) looks to see if any is available, which so far it hasn't been. " I shall ask the baker at work" she says.
 Ta da!......16kg of Bread flour! (and 8 ounces of fresh yeast)

 A bake with just two ounces of the yeast this afternoon. Three different sized loaves, Tea cakes and jam doughnuts. I divided the yeast into individual ounce packets which are now in the freezer. The tea bread isn't a yeast mix. I made a pot of tea last night and then answered the phone. After 20 minutes it was not fit to drink so true to my handle I couldn't waste it and  made a tea loaf.
 This post is a little picture heavy but can't resist this pic of our front lawn. Yes lawn ! David says we can't possibly cut it until the dandelions have finished flowering as they are so useful to the bees. I can't argue with that, but the neighbours might!! Note four of our hives against the far wall.
That is more than enough for now. Lock down is still more than manageable here. I do worry about my eldest daughter who is isolated in her apartment in Jersey. It must be a lonely way to be.
I was going to finish with a few word about Donald Trump, but for once words fail me!
All for now, Back soon from a beautiful sunny Derbyshire
Gillx
PS I have a couple of new followers. but when I click on their photos I get no information whatsoever.  so cannot name them when I extend a  warm Derbyshire welcome .

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  1. Oh dear, that would be me! Hello! Not sure why you cant see my profile though but never mind....I'm enjoying your lovely pics and words none the less. It's autumn here in Australia so I'm really enjoying visiting your (and other UK blogs) for a dose of pretty flowers and springtime beauty.
    I am also seriously impressed with your baking - wow! I'm trying to perfect making sourdough bread which I used to make years ago, but I seem to have forgotten the finer details ;) Post menopausal brain mush!!!
    Lovely to 'meet' you xx Evi

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  2. Apple blossom is so beautiful. The fact that they give so generously later on is also fantastic. I love your photos.
    xx

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  3. I've now got a craving for dough nuts!
    Wonderful to get hold of a whole sack of flour. I'm sure in the past my bread was better when I used flour from a sack!

    Lovely blossom photos, hope all the flowers set and produce a wonderful crop

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  4. Now, just like Sue I am thinking donuts could be my next baking project. Your loaves look lovely.

    God bless.

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