Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Iced Plum Jam


The deep freeze continues. But there are buds of hope. Jammy the kitten-cat would like to show you, look he’s pointing.

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Tiny blossoms are lying in wait.

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Here is the same tree on the 28th March 2011  it looks a little different, frosted granted, but not marooned in snow and ice. I think it’s wild plum, look I’ve even found a recipe for a recipe for wild plum blossom ice cream, written by Blanche Vaughn (I really couldn’t line up any more snowy, white  icy themes if I tried).

The snow isn’t going anywhere fast, here is the lane to our house.

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Here is Jammy tip-toeing through the snow.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Iced Plum Jam

  1. What a wonderful kitty. I’m sorry that you have all this snow, but I confess it makes ME feel better. You live in an area I would honestly give a body part for and it’s nice to not have to feel any more intense longing to be there than I already do. Those images of spring daffodils and other lovely flowers in your area are extra painful to view when we are deep in snow. Misery loves company? No, I wish we both had a beautiful spring green landscape to view right now.

  2. This winter has been hard work.

  3. Seems that everyone on both sides of the Atlantic are sick and tired of winter and have had enough snow to last for a long, long time.

  4. Brrr! Is Dodger camera shy? xx

  5. You should wait til your wild plums grow and make something like sloe gin (wild plum gin) with them. I made damson gin last year despite the ridicule (cos they do laugh at my ‘preserving’) and now they’re arguing about who is going to have the last bit. Hubby is already planning next autumn’s batch!

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