…but not together!
It was a morning for more preserving. The sloes have been in the freezer since Saturday. I’m told it improves the flavour, but I did it because I didn’t have a suitable jar or gin. Having remedied both of those defects, I spent a happy time this morning making the sloe gin ready for Christmas. Well, possibly ready for Christmas. I’m told it improves with keeping. I’m also told it is usually so good there isn’t any left for keeping.
I used the recipe on the Cottage Smallholder website. There are plenty of interesting things to browse there, but not a red tomato chutney recipe. That is the next project now the tomatoes are finally ripening slightly faster than the slugs can eat them.
And whilst we are on the subject of slugs, we found this little slug muncher on Saturday.
It is a baby slow worm (Anguis fragilis) found whilst we (no, He) were strimming the allotment as part of autumn clearing.
About 10 cm long -that’s 4 inches in old money-it was lucky to survive the strimming and it means there must be parents and probably siblings about too. I read that the young take 4-5 months to develop and are born at the end of August and early September. So happy birthday for recently little chap.
Slow worms are a protected species, as are all English reptiles. This little fellow is neither slow nor a worm nor a snake, but a legless lizard. And I have never got this close to one before. I was so excited I was (almost) glad there are oodles of slugs on the allotment.