I love this time of year; the first signs of growth, sowing seeds, new born lambs, birds singing and of course the sunshine. Oh how I have missed you!
Today was the first time I went outside without a coat on and it felt so good. I went off for a little cycle ride around my village, the sun was shining and trees were starting to blossom and I was pretty much in heaven. One type of tree in particular holds so much excitement and they are the cherry plum trees in the village.
I came here last year around September time to harvest those juicy little plums, it was the first year I had noticed them littering the floor and I only just about managed to catch the last of the fruits before they headed downward with the rest. This year I will be prepared, and come August I’ll be heading to this spot with baskets, crates and anything I can use to harvest those tiny little plums (of course I’ll save some for the birds too!) There just so happens to be four cherry plum trees near to each other, two produce red plums and the other two produce yellow plums. Last year I made some jam and also some delicious cherry plum tartes too, the jam is still in storage but I am longing for those tartes right about now.
It was so nice to see the trees in bloom and they are so unbelievably pretty. I wrote a few notes and took a few photographs to use in my personal foraging book, there’s quite a few great locations in the village with lots of different things to forage, but I think cherry plums have to be my most favourite.