Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Playing gooseberry

Gooseberry
A goosegog at my allotment
The gooseberries at my allotment are fattening up, ready for mid-June gooseberry picking for fools, crumbles, tart and sour. Making jams, jellies, pies, chutneys, ice cream and wines. Quite a versatile fruit really.

With plenty of folklore and sayings:
'born under a gooseberry bush' - where your mum told you, you were born
'playing gooseberry',  - being the spare part to a couple
'going gooseberry'  - stealing clothes off a washing line!
'great gooseberry season' - when there not much news to report in the papers

On the Isle of Wight, there is a fairy called the Gooseberry Wife who appears as a woolly caterpillar and guards the fruits.

Also called a goosegog in some parts.

In a quaint Cheshire village, close to me - Goostrey, is the annual gooseberry championships where growers battle it out for the heaviest gooseberry. How they get them so plump is a guarded secret and each grower has his own mysterious concoction that they are fed with.


 The Photo Gallery theme is macro this week. 

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

22 comments:

Helen said...

Love a gooseberry crumble, yum!!


Helen X

Anca said...

Annual gooseberry championships sounds like a fun event :))

lisa prince said...

oh i have to admit ive not tried these but my dad in law loves them

Sonia said...

Love the photo, it reminds me of picking gooseberries as a kid! I used to love eating them raw off the bush x

Cheryl said...

Good choice. Two in one, as well. #AlphabetPhoto

The 40 Year Old DG said...

Great photo, i love Gooseberries although i am the only one in our house that does. You have made me want to go fruit picking now xxxx

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Brilliant :) That's a really interesting choice for T, look forward to the full story x #alphabetphoto

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

I'm loving the Macro photos today - It makes me want to get my camera out and have a play

kidGLloves said...

The Mother says - What a fab choice for T - so different. Not sure on their story but have heard of them. Will be looking out for your post :) #alphabetphoto

Mellissa Williams said...

Great photo. I have to admit I'm not a fan of gooseberries after having gooseberry crumble as a child lol

Michelle Twin Mum said...

It looks beautiful but I hate the taste, lol. Mich x

Bex @ The Mummy Adventure said...

I honestly don't think I have ever tried a gooseberry!

jodiekins22 said...

We have a couple of gooseberry bushes on the allotment, this year we are going to make wine out of them *determined face*

Sarah Bailey said...

My Gran used to have a goosebury bush in her garden I remember trying them once. I wasn't that impressed.

Charly Dove said...

Oh I love that - the fairy called the Gooseberry Wife on the Isle of Wight! As luck would have it, guess where we're going on Saturday :)

molly said...

I had not heard of the fairy on the IOW, that is a lovely little local myth

Mollyxxx

Tara Cain said...

Loving your goosegogs! All these macro shots have been just fab - loving that people are just diving in and having a go x

jodiekins22 said...

Excellent choice for T, I'll look out for your review We love Alice in Wonderland :)

Jaime Oliver said...

oh wow what an amazing place .. i have never seen any book shop like this! x

Ness said...

Not the best filing system to gain sales! I hope you didn't want the book at the bottom of the pile! I do like the old sign.

Nikki Fraser | KS&MF said...

I love the look of the outside of the shop. How ever the inside filing system would really put me off. I needs organisation when I go books shopping. This would just annoying me and I would have to start sorting it out.

Ickle Pickle said...

Aaaaaah! This is in my home town! It is a fab shop isn't it! My daughter almost knocked them all over once!! Kaz x

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