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Oztalgian, I have made medlar jelly which has a really nice and a beautiful clear rosehip type colour when done. If you Google medlar jelly recipe and go to davidlebovitz.com there is the recipe. It’s all about the “bletting” process which takes weeks.  Draining it overnight is a bit of a faff but all is worth the effort!

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

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10 hours ago, Beekay said:

Hi Brew, since when have they been charging an entrance fee for Wollaton hall? I always thought it were free. We had a lovely wedding meal in the great Hall on May 7th, when we came up for niece's marriage.  B.

 

According to staff they started charging entrance fees in April. The industrial museum though is not included, it's only open at weekends and is another charge to go round.

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9 hours ago, DJ360 said:

So at 08:40 this morning as I was gearing myself up for another 'Telethon', the phone rang.  It was Wrightington Hospital offering me a cancellation for surgery next Monday.

Fingers and toes crossed for you Col....    thumbsup

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Hope all goes well for you Col. Like Brew, fingers are crossed.   B.

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Thanks all. It's all a bit scary now it's actually happening, but it has to be done. :blink:

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Col, what time are you going in on Monday?

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On 6/21/2022 at 4:49 PM, Jill Sparrow said:

I have a medlar tree in my garden. The flowers are beautiful but the fruit tastes disgusting!

Jill ours are very sweet. Maybe there’s not enough sun to ripen them properly. I love them.

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On 6/21/2022 at 4:52 PM, philmayfield said:

I was just admiring the prolific crop on our Nottingham Medlar tree today. They won’t be ready until around October and then they have to be picked and left to ‘blet’ (almost go rotten!). A Welsh lady down our lane made some into medlar gin last time we had a crop. I poured it down the sink after the first sip!

They must be a different variety to those here.. My neighbours fruit is almost falling from the tree . They’ve been ready for ages. Don’t think I could eat them when rotten. Persimmons are another thing that you have to wait until they are squishy.

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11 hours ago, Oztalgian said:

I've never heard of a Medlar Tree so I went to Mr. Google and he said in the south west of England it has nicknames such as open-arse or monkey's bottom no wonder it did not taste very good.

Looking at THAT medlar I can see why. Ours look like orange plums

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Yours may be a different variety, nonna. My father liked medlars but always said they had to be left until they were almost rotten before they were soft enough to eat!

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They must be different because they're not ready for picking here until October and then they have to be bletted. They have a very acquired taste and are messy to eat. We only planted a tree to give us a varied assortment in the orchard. We have a quince tree also which is a similar oddity.

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Definitely best to let the medlars ripen on the tree in the UK, wait till they start dropping off. Then just do the bletting and the David Lebovitz recipe for jelly. It does work. I agree though, they’re not the prettiest of fruit

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Best of luck Col, thank goodness you haven’t got to wait any longer. Mrs B

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15 hours ago, MRS B said:

I have made medlar jelly which has a really nice and a beautiful clear rosehip type colour when done.

MRS B, As you say you never stop leaning, until a day ago I had never heard of a Medlar in any form, now I find you can use the jelly for any number of things. Apparently it is very good on cold meats and with cheese and it even "starred" in an episode of Midsomer Murders, must have missed that one! I enjoy Quince jelly with cheese and if I see some Medlar jelly I'll give it a go.

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Oztalgian, which way do you lean, left or right? Sorry, couldn’t resist that. Medlar jelly is great with all forms of meat hot or cold. Def with ploughman’s 

Medlars have been around for centuries.

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12 minutes ago, MRS B said:

which way do you lean, left or right? Sorry, couldn’t resist that.

LEARNING and leaning more as I get older. It may have been around for centuries but I had never heard of it before yesterday. Being brought up in a colliery village i was not wise to the ways of you country folk Ooo Aarr!

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Summer is here with a vengeance, too hot, windy and heavy rain all in one day. Festivities are practically in full swing. There’s another wine festival in a small nearby town actually the home of some Spumante’s. Last night in our village and for the next 6 Friday nights the road to the centre is closed because there are bands that play from 9 to midnight. Last night was the first so we went up to have a cocktail

( Pimms no:1) which I don’t think I’ve drunk one since I was 18 Actually the evening wasn’t a success as it usually is as there were few people around. Too many other attractions and festivities on the same night. Usually you can’t find anywhere to stand never mind sit down. This part where the photo was taken was outside my sons restaurant and it’s the old part of the village which is now so motivated that 2 new bars have opened and another restaurant too. It’s always busy but I remember when it was very quiet and nothing to see but now with foreign visitors it’s become the place to be, leaving the newer part a bit quiet.  What are you all doing for the summer?

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Just noticed the photos I’ve just posted that it had added a bit of publicity without my permission:angry2:  I don’t know how this has happened or whether it’s only me that can see it. I don’t think I did anything different to what I usually do. Any ideas?

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Just now, nonnaB said:

Just noticed the photos I’ve just posted that it had added a bit of publicity without my permission:angry2:  I don’t know how this has happened or whether it’s only me that can see it. I don’t think I did anything different to what I usually do. Any ideas?

Seen on reopening them that they are powered by Postimages! We don’t pay for the privilege but we have to advertise for them. Like supermarket shopping bags. The adverts weren’t even researches we look for. So much for tracking !

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