Yippee – success at the Barton Allotment Show August 2015

This year is the 65th Barton Allotment Show - so, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the saying goes; we entered some produce...
This year is the 65th Barton Allotment Show – so, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the saying goes; we entered some produce…
So, schedule collected and entry form ready for taking the plunge.
So, schedule collected and entry form ready for taking the plunge.
Okay - so these were not from the alotment but then neither were the dates and oranges in my chutney and marmalade - these were effectively 'scrumped' by my ever resourceful husband from the trees that overhang the ancient byway that runs beside our house in Barton. Photography tips from Heather and James.
Okay – so these fruits were not from the allotment but then neither were the dates and oranges in my chutney and marmalade – these were effectively ‘scrumped’ by my ever resourceful husband from the trees that overhang the ancient byway that runs beside our house in Barton. Photography tips from Heather and James.
A touch of the Marley's - Bob that is -
A touch of the Marley’s – Bob that is – “Jammin’ jammin'” with the addition of Mick (Jagger that is) as the Stones came Rolling to the surface with a touch of brown sugar and the jam was completed in a ‘flash’ – from tree to jar in three hours!
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We had an absolute abundance of gooseberries from the allotment and the lanes close to the plot provided elderflowers with which I made Elderflower Cordial.
Here are my entries for the Show. The jar covers, labels and ribbons came from 'The Works' in Grimsby and were a real bargain as well as prettying up the produce.
Here are my entries for the Show.
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All ready to go. Fingers crossed.
Produce pimped and ready to go!
Produce pimped and ready to go!
Finally, the entry form and the class categories - a very fair 20p an entry. Now to give this in to the Allotment Secretary appropriately named Sharon Bush - must have been destined for this job.
Finally, the entry form and the class categories – a very fair 20p an entry. Now to give this in to the Allotment Secretary, appropriately named Sharon Bush – she must have been destined for this job.
Feeling mightily puffed up and proud having been awarded places for my produce - a second for the Strawberry Jam and the disputed Damson Jam (more later on that topic) and a third for the Rhubarb and Date Chutney. The Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam had excelled itself and on being opened by the judges had managed to 'sprout' its own green produce in the form of a mould - mighty enterprising and in the whole spirit of cultivation I thought but as Shania has noted and the judges agreed
Feeling mightily puffed up and proud having been awarded places for my produce – a second for the Strawberry Jam and the disputed Damson Jam (more later on that topic) and a third for the Rhubarb and Date Chutney. The Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam had excelled itself and on being opened by the judges had managed to ‘sprout’ its own green produce in the form of a mould – mighty enterprising and in the whole spirit of cultivation I thought but as Shania has noted and the judges agreed “that don’t impress me much” or even at all, in fact. I was surprised that the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang entry of Rhubarb and Orange Marmalade, which is Truly Scrumptious, failed to get a place – still truly scrumptious though.
The culprits - these are the fruits that Chris took to be Damsons and I in turn made into so-called Damson Jam - oh no, on being judged at the 65th Barton Allotment Society Show on Saturday it was revealed that these fellas were NOT damsons, oh no, they were identified as a type of old-fashioned plum (that could sum up my husband, tee hee) and so the jam was relegated to second place due to mislabelling! You have to be so careful when you enter the arcane world of the Horticultural Schedule. This was not the end of the story though, as when I rang my best friend Renee in Sutton and seasoned Show Secretary of the Benwell Road Allotment Society, it appears from my description that what my husband had scrumped and I had cooked and that had been adjudged as plum was in fact - Myrabelle. Take a look, what do you think, all answers on a postcard, please.
The culprits – these are the fruits that Chris took to be Damsons and I in turn made into so-called Damson Jam – oh no, on being judged at the 65th Barton Allotment Society Show on Saturday it was revealed that these fellas were NOT damsons, oh no, they were identified as a type of old-fashioned plum (that could sum up my husband, tee hee) and so the jam was relegated to second place due to mislabelling! You have to be so careful when you enter the arcane world of the Horticultural Schedule. This was not the end of the story though, as when I rang my best friend Renee in Sutton and seasoned Show Secretary of the Benwell Road Allotment Society, it appears from my description that what my husband had scrumped and I had cooked and that had been adjudged as plum was in fact – Myrabelle. Take a look, what do you think, all answers on a postcard, please.

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