It's been a while since our last post. Since then we've had a mixed bag of a summer and despite getting off to a good start, this constant rain is getting a little tedious!
However we are not allowing this weather to dampen our spirits. Here at Blue Barrel HQ we have brushed down our press, trugs and wellies and are knee deep in apples again...albeit 3 weeks earlier for some crops than last year!
Today we went and collected apples that until we found them a few years ago were left rotting on the floor. An ornamental apple tree which like many of the apples we collect from around the city was planted for it's aesthetic features to brighten up the city landscapes but now plays a fundamental part in creating our award winning cider.
What I love about apples is their versatility. Not only are they a beautiful tree but they are create great habitats for local wildlife, their blossom is a great nectar and pollen source for the bees and their apples, well need I say more.
We don't half get some funny looks when Leo, who is high up out of sight in the top branches suddenly shakes the tree violently, resulting in a torrent of apples raining down on the street below. I notice a couple at the bus stop nudge each other and smirk as they see me diving in out of the road chasing escapee apples that are rolling off down the hill.
But that's the thing about making cider, it's the whole process from picking the apples, to pressing and blending the product and finally to tasting it which makes me love it so much.