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Monday, November 09, 2009

"Last Reminder" (1997) began with Charlie feeling slightly under the weather, due to over-imbibing in sloe gin the previous evening. Since then the gathering of the sloes has become a rather pleasant autumn rutual amongst the Elders, to provide a special treat in time for the Christmas festivities. Last year the sloe harvest was almost non--existant, but this year it is a bumper one. Walking alongside the River Derwent last week we discovered hedgerows laden down with the berries in almost industrial quantities. The gin is delicious - more-ish, as we say. If anybody needs a recipe let me know and I'll include one in next month's diary. As the Poet said: "I often wonder what the vintner buys, one half so precious as the goods he sells." Well now you know.