Before moving to France 13 years ago I had always dreamed of having an orchard and indulging in a variety of homely pursuits like baking apple pies from my own apples and creating jams and conserves from my prizewinning strawberries and raspberries. We now have the good fortune to have just such an orchard and although I’m ashamed to say I have never quite got down to the business of jam making (Mr H has had a go and at chutneys too) I have managed the odd tarte aux pommes and even a few clafoutis from our splendid cherry trees.
The most wonderful thing about it though is not so much the foods that we can create but the perspective it gives us of the changing seasons. Every crop that arrives is something to be savoured and relished for the short time that it lasts and I am quite convinced that the fruit tastes richer because of this. Despite the efforts of supermarkets to provide us with everything we apparently want at any time of the year, regardless of weather or season, I am convinced that we have lost too much of our connection with the cycles of life as a result and that we are much the poorer for it.
At the moment we are in my favourite cherry season and despite giving away pounds of them and eating more than our fill we still have far too much. I thought I’d better take some photos before the season has gone and they’re really past their best. I also thought this might make an interesting, if slightly oblique angle on the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Off Season’……..
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