Cider fermenting

Making cider has been one of the defining elements of living here in Bridge of Earn. Our orchard consists of one small but enthusiastic tree on the drive. We did it every year for the first 5 or 6 years, bringing old friends up from Edinburgh and Glasgow, each time supplementing with more apples from other sources, refining our procedures, building better presses, and increasing our efficiency and yield. But we have been on a hiatus since Emily was 1 or 2, as it became harder to dedicate the time to it. We started up again this year – this time a bunch of neighbours, carefully distancing ourselves at the end of our driveways…!

We made 10 gallons – it’s currently bubbling away happily to itself in the live room here at Pumpkinfield.

Pete Harvey