Monday, 15 August 2011

More gifts!

As we have said before, people in the village are very kind, and bring us all sorts of provender. This week is no exception, and we have received (among other things), peaches and fish.

Monique has some people staying next to her small etang which is stocked with different kinds of fish (You can see the etang on the aerial photo of the hamlet on the brochure display on the website). These folks are keen fishermen and have caught a carp of about half a metre along with some smaller fish. So, we were asked this morning did we like fish? I asked her what sort and all I got was a shrug of the shoulders, so when we said we did like fish, she offered us some. She arrived later with a bucket containing 5 smallish live fish!

They are in here somewhere!

John has done the deed and they are now cleaned and in the freezer ready for when our friends PetenSue come in September. We thought these would do nicely, filleted and cooked on the barbecue. Trouble is, we don't know what kind of fish they are, although I don't suppose that really matters, I am sure they will taste good.

The other offering was from a neighbour, Gabby, who brought a large bag of small peaches. Soft tree fruit has done very well this year, as the very dry spell in early spring was good for the flowers, and then we have had warm days with some rain which has brought the fruit on very well. So, what to do with lots of small peaches. I decided on (more) jam! This time Peach and Amaretto. It seems very nice, but I think I have enough jam to last well into next year now. In fact, we did a stock check yesterday and I have a total of 69 jars of various varieties!

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