Thursday, 3 September 2015

Ecoart Sculptures and Last of the Galloways

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Art in the making - the Frugaldom horse is really taking shape. As part of our Ecoarts project, this represents the 'Last of the Galloways' our native ponies that once grazed the hills and moors of Galloway and the surrounding areas before being spread throughout the British isles and bred out of existence.

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Reverse angle showing the sculpture still in the early stages. This sculpture is a life size portrayal of a native Galloway pony and will stand proud at Frugaldom one day soon.

Fruit, glorious fruit!

First of the plums and apples from the garden are simmering with some raspberries for the first of this year's mixed fruit jelly. What preserves are you planning this autumn?

"Homegrown raspberries, apples and plums being prepared for making mixed fruit jelly."

"Homegrown raspberries, apples and plums stewing to make mixed fruit jelly"

This assortment of fruit was simmered in a little water until soft then the resulting juices strained through a sieve and made up to half a litre. I added 500g of sugar and boiled it for approximately 10 minutes until it reached setting point, then decanted it into a large, sterilised jar. Nothing else is added as the apples provide all the natural pectin needed. Some people add a slither of butter to help clarify the resulting jelly but this is not necessary.

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2 comments:

  1. Fantastic sculpture and your fruit looks very good as well!

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    1. Thanks, DC :) Mr EcoArts is creating the sculpture and the fruit is all from the cottage garden, so we are looking OK for jams and jellies this year again. Hope you are well!

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