Here are some photos of us squashing apples at Talamh. As far as Autumn events go, apple-pressing is by far the most fun, and we’ve still got plenty of apple juice in the freezer and cider in the kitchen (yes it’s fairly suprising we haven’t drank it all yet!). Some of the apples were our own and some were picked from a friend’s orchard down in the Clyde valley. It’s very sweet juice that doesn’t need any sugar added.
The event was back in October, on the weekend of Halloween. We had a host of lovely volunteers come to help us press the apples with an apple press kindly lent to us by Urban Roots in Glasgow. On the day itself it was mostly pouring with rain, so we set up a marquee in the courtyard with a fire lit next to it, which made the event far more enjoyable for all concerned. Then when dark fell we all painted out faces and had a wee Halloween party in the Library.
Now it’s March, and the willow harvest is finally done! Anna, basket-weaver and former Talamh resident ran a weekend workshop on willow-cutting, which was enjoyed by a group of budding willow-enthusiasts. Here’s some pictures of people in the willow patch and the result of lots of hard work propped up on the wall of the house.