On holiday

Carol's plums

Carol’s plums

A rolling boil

A rolling boil

Carol’s plums sit ripening on the bench – a bag bursting with them is too many to eat so I make plum jam (adding some raspberries too). While I clean out the pots cupboard (involving crawling on my belly into the back corner, reminiscent of horrid descriptions of potholing) the jam cools and the lids pop as they seal.

Five pots of jam

Five pots of jam

Too hot today to go outside though Mo makes trips to check on the monarch butterfly chrysalis action – they have abandoned the stripped swan plants and headed off to hang and then do their amazing transformation (more wonderful I think than when they hatch out as a butterfly as at that end you can already see the patterns of the wings through the case).

Supplementary feeding

Supplementary feeding

Stripped swan plants

Stripped swan plants

Hanging and hung

Hanging and hung

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