Home for a week before we set off for The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London. So, lots to do but you have to get your priorities right and sloe gin is right at the top of the list.

It is a very good sloe year on the farm and the hedgerows are loaded with them. Middle son Alex and I went picking yesterday so the sloe gin production line starts tonight. The haws are good too and the blackberries were stupendous, the freezer is full of them.

But the biggest problem is the Bramley, groaning under the weight of apples. Baked apples, apple crumble, apple fritters, stewed apple in the freezer, there is no way we can use them all. Too many of our visitors have apple trees of their own!

I love flowers so it is nice to see that our dreadfully overgrown garden is still producing the goods, if they can make it through the stinging nettles and brambles.

I’ve been trying to take some landscape pictures for an advert but as usual the alpacas were not helpful opting instead to pretend to be dead, put their ears back and look the other way. Typical.