As summer draws to its close the time for collecting fruit has begun. Our fig trees are so laden with fruit that we do not know what do do with them all. We have been eating them fresh, laying them out in the sun on our terrace to dry and preserving them in jars with syrup and brandy. Down by the river we have blackberry bushes. Figs and blackberries poached gently for about an hour in red wine and blackberry liqueur make a delicious dessert.
We have two mature vines which clamber riotously oround a poplar tree. These have produced an abundance of little, sweet pink grapes. We have no idea as to the variety but we have harvested them and laid them out on our terrace in the sun for a few days. This is the usual proceedure prior to crushing and pressing the grapes for wine. We think we have enough to fill one small oak barrel which holds about 40 litres.