Marina gave us gooseberries! They are amazing. We have been overwhelmed by Marina and Mark's generosity of spirit, knowledge and harvest. Although perhaps we should not be surprised as permaculture is all about connections and relationships.
"The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” Juliana Birnbaum Fox
Nothing is going to stop when they leave and we arrive. Nature will keep doing its thing and hopefully we will keep the flow going. This will undoubtedly be thanks in great part to them passing us the baton with such care.
So we made gooseberry and almond cake. The bottom right picture is this year's gooseberries at the Growing Communities Saturday market and we have high hopes about bringing glorious, fruity baked treats to the market from August onwards to sell alongside the freshly picked fruit.
It went down a treat at our big father's day feast this evening, eaten al fresco in our Hertfordshire garden.
We think it needs more gooseberries so we will be making batch 2 next weekend to take over to Mark and Marina's to get their seal of approval when we next visit. We are contemplating adding ginger although the gooseberries are so tart and delicious we might just make them sing for themselves.
Here is the cake, still bubbling fresh out of the over.