Overcast & chilly. Heavy rain last night. Dahlias (1) now in full bloom.


FRUIT BOTTLING Commenting on the old-time country method of 'Fruit Bottling without sugar,� B. A. Crang, Instructress in Fruit and Vegetable Preservation at the University of Bristol, says: 'This is bound to give unsatisfactory results in many cases, as cold water cannot destroy the impurities on the fruit and water itself also contains many impurities. During storage mould will probably grow and the fruit will be spoilt. 'A simple method of bottling fruit is to place the fruit in clean bottles, heat them in a warm oven (about 240 deg F) until the fruit has changed colour and looks cooked. The jars should then be filled quickly with boiling water or syrup, the rubber rings put in position and the lids fixed on securely. If the bottles have sealed correctly, the following day they can be lifted by their lids without the lids coming off. 'Fruit bottled in this way will keep indefinitely.�

(1) Spéciale dédicace pour Christian.