So the cider making day began well. Robert and Rob chopped apples for hours, the scratter worked a treat for Nat, and the press performed well as always.
Robert’s cat Rosie was not at all keen on the noise and commotion and sat at a distance on her seat on the ride-on mower.
However, by lunch time the power was out.
That very quickly curtailed the activity, though 2 barrels of juice were pressed before it happened.
Thank goodness for wood-fired stoves and ovens!! Outside Herman cooked loads of pizzas for lunch and later in the day, with the leftover dough and assorted toppings, a super-large one was made in Hester’s oven in the house.
With no hot water in the fading light of the day, Hester is multi-tasking again, this time heating jam pans full of water to do the mountain of washing up, while at the same time boiling the kettle for a long-awaited cup of tea.
Great fun nevertheless, with the possible exception of the cooking school’s taking on some water damage overnight, again. Nothing could withstand the strength of that downpour!