... was blessed with an ancient apple orchard. Not so unusual in Somerset cider country, although most of ours weren't cider apples. Bridgewater Pippin, Tom Putt, Hoary Morning, Old Pomeroy, an unidentified Russet that my mother has since decided was a Golden Knob, and crab apples. Apple harvest was a frenetic affair. We always had too much fruit. My mother would fill the apple store, the pantry shelves, the freezer, and still the apples came. Bags of apples and an honesty box would be left at the gate. Visiting friends weren't allowed to leave without a boxful to take home. The drip-drip-drip of pulped apples straining through a jelly bag was constant: apple and ginger, apple and mint, apple and rosehip, apple and rosemary. Every meal included apple something. Apple dumplings were my favourite, and apple meringue, and crab apple jelly on thickly buttered bread ...... and toffee apples. The fairy-tale red Old Pomeroys ripened latest, in mid October, and had a sweet sharpness that was the perfect foil to caramel. And a size that was just right for games of Snap Apple but was sadly too big for popping under your Halloween pillow in the hope that you'd dream of the man you would marry. More than 6000 varieties of apple have been recorded in Britain, and each is distinguishable from the others by its colour/s and the patterning on its skin**. I find that truly remarkable. Any Halloween apple stories you'd care to share?
Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below ... Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear      And October's guest poster ... Steph at Woolythyme What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.