Friday, 31 May 2013

Sharing the bounty

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?


  1. It sounds like you live in a wonderful community!

  2. How lovely! I am getting lots of pomegranates at the moment from a friend with a tree who doesn't use them. I have also been getting olives, both fresh and cured from a friend with a tree. Both of these gifts have been wonderful so I can only imagine how lovely it must be to receive all that meat etc. Oh and a friend gave me a pumpkin for my birthday which I thought was a fab gift, especially as I don't grow them myself.

  3. Community is the best part of gardening, isn't it?



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