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Sloe berries on the blackthorn.

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By kate123

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Noticed several sloe berries dotted on the blackthorn yesterday, just behind the recently pruned ceanothus.
Not nearly enough to start making gin however!
I’m sure they must have been growing there before, I guess I hadn’t realised, maybe they are starting to thrive now or my pruning has been harsher on the ceanothus this year!

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daughter added 10 sloe berries to a small bottle of gin 1/4 or a 1/2 bottle cant remember now and it worked. so start collecting Kate. hic!

19 Sep, 2021

 

That’s a good tip, Eileen! I’ll get my little ladder out ready to climb up methinks! 🍸

19 Sep, 2021

 

lol gin lovers about . I don't tend to fair well with fruit at all , maybe birds have been taking a few too .

19 Sep, 2021

 

Its a good year for berries, I remember when my dad was still with us collecting berries for him to make his wine with, my favourite was always his Elderberry..

20 Sep, 2021

 

The only time we made elderberry we bottled it to soon and it blew up in the pantry. Smelt of incontinent cats in there for weeks...

20 Sep, 2021

 

Paul, I’ve some blackberries too - although we try to get rid of ‘brambles’ where can on the bund! My neighbour’s grow lots of fruit and veg.
I first tried gin a couple of Christmas’ ago - it was OH’s inter from Devon who’d brought up her homemade sloe gin.
It was very Christmassy, but a little like cough mixture!

20 Sep, 2021

 

Sue, I’ve never tried elderberry wine, only cordial. I’ll bet it was very pleasant! Good memories for you too….

20 Sep, 2021

 

Crikey Sue! Sounds like a carry on sketch!

20 Sep, 2021

 

We made Sloe wine once, it was nice and the small was lovely when it was fermenting. Maybe you'll have enough to do that one year Kate :)

20 Sep, 2021

 

Sounds lovely, Hywel! A bonus that the fermenting process smells quite nice too! I’ll give this some thought, hopefully next year we may see a nice crop!!!! 😉

22 Sep, 2021

 

I hope so :)

22 Sep, 2021

 

Lovely, that was my first thought make some gin lol 😊

24 Sep, 2021

 

Nice one, Jane. Hic 😁

25 Sep, 2021

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