This year has certainly been very fruitful, thanks to the wonderful summer we've had. We have not had apple trees in our garden since we lived at Marringdean in Horsham and they were blown down in the 1987 hurricane so when our friends offered us some of their surplus we were delighted to take them off their hands. They were different varieties and a bit past their prime but stewed with some brown sugar and sultanas were delicious. Of course I had to take the time to paint them first. We actually exchanged them for a bag of walnuts from Hervé's garden after we had helped him to gather them all before he left for Belarus.
We have a walnut tree in our own garden but as it's only about 10 years old it's not very productive yet. Each year we get a few more nuts than the year before and this year we could see 20 growing, but when we came to collect them there were only 5 left. The birds must have got there first! I can't believe how many Hervé's tree has, it took us ages to collect them all and there were still plenty left on the tree out of reach! We have about 3 kilos in a basket in the store room and he has boxes full. I had a lot of fun painting on Sunday afternoon and this weekend the rugby season starts so I'll have plenty of time while Bob cheers from the sofa and I just listen while I paint.