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This weekend we had visitors from Glasgow, always welcome, especially when they bring a Glasgow curry. The main activity of the weekend was a visit to our neighbours’ orchard to pick their damsons and red apples (later speculation confirmed they are Katy). We then took a walk down the road towards Borgue and picked brambles and sloes as we went. Here are Matt, Iris and Arthur pausing at the bridge looking down the burn into the field.

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This year’s crop of both has been a fine one and the freezer is packed with brambles. We’ve quite a few bramble crumbles to get through before we have room for the pigs after Christmas.

Our guests are keen fruit pickers and allotment holders so we had¬†a fine time in the orchard and hedgerows. The final products in our kitchen was damson jam (slightly toasted, but tasty nonetheless), sloe vodka and damson vodka. We chose vodka instead of gin because we had it in the house, Matt’s hedgerow booze book uses it a lot, and Laura is a bit funny with gin. In keeping with¬†tradition, we keep the second cheapest in the shop for this kind of occasion.

Meanwhile, WWOOFer Lucie has been walking part of the Southern Upland Way. She’s a serious walker and spent the night under the stars (drizzling clouds, cough), when the bothy she planned to stay at was occupied. She didn’t fancy staying the night with five Ayr rowdies, a carrie oot, a dog and a gun. Can’t say I blame her.

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Bit more preserving this week at Plunton. Matt made bramble leather – a great success with the Rayburn and something we had always failed at with the regular cooker. Iris and Arthur are slightly addicted to it. He’s also got some bramble whisky steeping. The giant bucket of apples is from our neighbour, Janet. The red ones are good eaters but do not keep well, the green are sweet cookers and I suspect the apple press will be put to good use on them next week. They have already made lovely baked apples. Janet also brought a jar of damson jam and an invite to Sunday lunch with both sets of near neighbours next month. She’s also offered baby sitting services so we are in clover!

Much of the rest of the week has involved more work on the house. Dad is visiting again and has started rewiring upstairs, in fact he is finishing off the kids’ room as I type. We are off up north this weekend for great-grandpa’s birthday so he is going to do our room and the office while we are away.

I, on the other hand, have finally started stripping off the anaglypta wallpaper in the lounge. It was removed fairly readily and I am about halfway through now. Part of the reason for doing it now is that we are hoping to pick up a period fire at the salvage yard this weekend and I (correctly it turned out) guessed there would be an indication of the height of the original surround in the plasterwork behind. Not the best photo but you can see the walls are in OK condition and, as Matt pointed out, look just like the walls in one of his vintage house craft books!

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