Mostly this blog is about putting up; sometimes it's also about taking down. As I said in my initial post, the entire purpose of saving the season is to enjoy your efforts later on.
First thing this morning I went to the fridge and found the jam shelf pretty much depleted—just a smear of SMOOTH APRICOT JAM WITH MAPLE AND VANILLA in one jar and a small dab of DAMSON PASTE in another. Both struck me as pretty gutsy stuff for six a.m. on a soft morning. I wanted instead a taste of something delicate and—to openly pronounce the word—pretty.