While Tom's parents were staying, we discovered that all the redcurrants on the bush in the corner of our garden were ripe and ready for eating. (Actually, we later realised that the bush was situated just behind our fence, with a small path leading from it to the neighbour's back door, but that's a story for another day.) Anyway, Clare did this drawing and then together we printed some sets of notecards using the gocco machine. I think she was pleased to have some new seasonal stationary.
And this is something else she made with berries from our garden- summer pudding. I had this a few times as a child, but didn't know how it was made until I saw her do it. It's very simple, delicious and actually quite fun to make, even if you don't usually like cooking. ;) Thank you, Clare!
Take a few slices of stale white bread, (it really should be stale so you could leave it out in the sun for a bit if its not) chop off the crusts and then use them to line a mixing/pudding bowl, overlapping the edges a bit, and pressing the pieces together. In a small saucepan, stew together a little sugar and 1-2 cups of berries- we used a mixture of blackcurrants, redcurrants and raspberries. Cook this mixture for about 5 mins until the sugar is dissolved and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for a while.
When the stewing is complete, tip the fruit into the bread-lined bowl, and then place another piece of bread on top of the fruit. Place a small plate or saucer on top of the whole thing (it should be one that exactly fits the top of the bowl) and then place a small rock or another kind of weight on top of that. You can either leave it in the fridge for a day to set, or do what Tom's grandmother does, and place the pudding underneath the berry bush for the day, covered with a tea towel. She says it just tastes better like that.