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daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Culburra Beach , NSW, Australia

I live in Australia, my ancestry is in Cornwall. a Celt. a hedgewitch of sorts. I am an Earth Healer. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. A gypsy. An eccentric. a mystic. I am a searcher, a seeker, a pilgrim on Earth. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. I love to dream, to walk and to wonder

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July 20, 2005

brown*paper*parcels ~ memories are made of this ~

on April 11, this is what I wrote about bottling with my grandma

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my grandma Florence Emily had 7 boys, no daughters. So obviously each meal was a mammoth task. I can remember helping her to bottle the produce from my grandpas vegetable and fruit garden. It was such fun ! A few years back, I went out and bought myself a bottling kit and started to do bottling ..... it is still fun and the end result is magnificent. I have bottled pears*plums*apricots and peaches and have even been creative in doing it with spiced pears* peaches in brandy* & pears in cognac ~ there is nothing more satisfying than opening a bottle of fruit that you bottled yourself and serving it with homemade custard. We really need to preserve these vintage skills, they are disappearing fast !


Anonymous Amy said...

I've never attempted bottling, I'd love to though. What fruits do you use?

6:24 am  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

Amy * I usually bottle plums & peaches. They are probably the easiest. You should try it, it is really lots of fun

8:05 am  
Anonymous kali said...

Ohhh, sounds fun and YUMMY! I have never attempted this either...Mark's parents will be over from the UK in 4 weeks, and I can't wait to start doing things like this with his Mum. Poor lady, won't know what's hit her when I start asking her about all these wonderful activities from days gone by :)

2:08 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

Mum and I used to bottle fruit years ago - plums, apricots, pears, apples and peaches. Well packed bottles of fruit look absolutely beautiful. I never liked bottling vegetables though as you have to do them twice and at a much higher temperature. The liquid has to actually boil in the bottles. If vegetables aren't prepared in this way there is a high risk of them becoming toxic. I wasn't prepared to take that risk.

8:39 pm  
Blogger ~NanCourt~ said...

I love reading the different terms we all use. Over here in the states, we refer to this as canning. Of course, we use jars, not cans. I lived on a farm growing up and we canned all summer...and froze produce in our deep freezer. It was so nice to enjoy those fruits and veggies when it turned cold. I miss it. I gave all of my canning supplies to my sister when I made my life change and moved. But, she still grows a huge garden and puts up food all summer. Then, at Christmas, we are all gifted with yummy boxes of home canned food! Wunderful!!!

1:30 am  

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