It’s October which means apple season. The apples are in full flow – pictured here a couple of giant Howgate Wonders, with a sensibly sized Sunset for scale
October is also birthday season at Reclaiming Paradise which means the apples are put to good use in a variety of cakes. My mother’s is the first birthday of the month, so I used these monsters to make a chocolate apple cake – recipe here . Since she was 85, candles seemed excessive, but I wanted to decorate it with something special. This handful of raspberries, fresh from the garden, seemed the best thing – served with the posh teacups and side plates for a small family gathering:
It went down rather well.
Meanwhile we had another couple of Sunsets straight off the tree at lunchtime in the garden today:
And we watched the first of the autumn geese flying overhead.
Autumn has arrived.