Blackberries & Plum Crumble.

Tuesday 9th August 2011

Dad’s plum tree is ladened with fruit at the moment. The birds seem disinterested in pilfering its wares this year.

Unlike others.

I watched from the window as Dad & my son, Zeph, went to the bottom of the garden with a set of ladders to collect some to go with our blackberries. Dad with his foot on the bottom run of the ladder, Zephy plucking & passing. They worked well as a team.

20 odd years ago he used to do the same with my niece. I remember watching my niece, no more than 3 years old, sitting on the kitchen top while she and my Dad bashed & flattened the pastry to wrap around the juicy plums they had just got from the tree. It would look like a patch work quilt when they had finished.

Fast forward 22 years.

My Great-nephew has fallen over and banged his head. As my Dad picks him up, the baby, makes the sound of air rushing through the trees & starts moving his arms from side to side, mimicking the wind. This is my Dad’s cue to walk Jayden to the bottom of the garden & pick a plum from the tree. Plum in hand, peace is restored in his world.

A bona fide family tree.


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4 Responses to Blackberries & Plum Crumble.

  1. rutheh says:

    Passing on the tradition. I loved your description of the plum picking.
    And the photo looks delcious.

  2. Stef says:

    This is SO beautiful! Both your story-telling, and the imagery, and the physical photo. Amazing.

    You’re becoming quite the writer, Jonathan. (In addition to the already-excellent chef!) 😉

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