Autumn is a time of bounty here it seems. In the last week or so we have been the very grateful recipients of the bounty of various neighbours.
First there was a huge plastic bag full of comfrey plants from digger man 'Brush' and his lovely Play School-named sister. These has been planted up into pots for the time being until I work out the best place in the beds for these fantastic plants. I can't wait to use their leaves for composting and mulching and capturing nutrients from way underground.
Then, a short time later, the same pair turned up armed with a huge and warty pumpkin,
and a bag of enormous crisp Granny Smith apples.
'Brush' and his sister live up the hills a little in Batlow - place of apples.
Then, last night when all was dark and quiet came a set of headlights up the drive. We wondered who might be visiting at such an hour - most of our farmer neighbours are well and truly inside and snug by this time of evening. Out of the dark came a familiar voice, it was 'Heron', saying, "I thought you might like some meat, I just killed me pigs".
'Heron' came inside and handed over two large bags of bounty. One contained about 12 pork chops, a pork rib roast and a shoulder of pork, all with a lovely dark hue to the meat, totally different to the pale meat of supermarket pork.
The other bag contained 2 rabbits, beautifully dressed - 'Heron' does a great job of dressing rabbits.
One day when I have more produce of my own, I will be able to offer some in return. Have you received bounty from neighbours and friends recently? What's come over the fence to you? What's your favourite pork recipe?