I am down at my house in London for a couple of days. One thing I spotted when I first started the commute between Tyneside and London was how much earlier crops mature and fruit ripens in the south. So when I was wallking around Crystal Palace pary yesterday I checked out a set of sloes and found the fruit was turning ripening well. Up home they are all still hard green berries. I went back this morning hoping to pick some for gin and jam making. Alas. My calculations were wrong. They won't be ready for a couple of weeks. I will do something with them when I am next down in late August.
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