On the bright side we have managed to make lots of jams and pickles: apricot jam, spiced apricots, apricot, apple and cardamom chutney, bottled apricots; plum jam, spiced plums; courgette chutney and pickle – from the potager courgettes; pickled gherkins. The fruit here is so fresh and unadulterated that we have to work fast and the end product is delicious. We are also planning to do pickled walnuts from our own trees but the weather has made shinning up ladders impossible to do safely so we hope this weekend will give us a break so we can collect some green walnuts.
For the last few weeks Liz has been watching a butterfly in the top of one of the hazelnut stands. It took ages but eventually she identified it as a Lesser Purple Emperor. This week one came into the house, a male sadly he had oviously mated and his time was up. So beautiful, in certain lights the purple iridescent wings seem to glow. Sad though it is it gave us the opportunity to identify him properly and it turns out he is a male Lesser Purple Emperor, form clytie (Apatura Ilia f. clytie; Fr: Petit mars changeant).
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