Late summer is productive here in the Fens and I have been nipping out to eat fat ripe figs from the tree.
Elsewhere in the garden, the courgettes, tomatoes and cucumbers are arriving in quantity and adorning our meals.
We don't own a plum tree but three huge specimens of cherry-plum hang over our garden and rather over-supply us; we are constantly picking up windfalls - far more than we can eat.
Some do find their way into jam-pots as they make a wonderful jam. I spent a day earlier this week engraving a label especially for them. These were dry today and so I trimmed them, added the date by hand, and stuck them on. Enough to last a little while but there will be other batches both from fresh plums and from the freezer.
There is a Private View in Cambridge on Monday 16th August between 6:30 and 8:80 pm. It is the summer exhibition of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity at the Michaelhouse Centre, St Michael's Church, Trinity Street Cambridge.
It features a large group of etchings and wood engravings by Pamela Hughes, an old friend who died in 2002. It is a rare opportunity to see - and purchase - her work. I am showing a selection of my own wood engravings and Celia Hart is showing some of her gorgeous prints. The exhibition continues until 4th September. Do come along to the Private View if you can. Pamela's Prints are really not to be missed.
Click on the invitation below to enlarge it: