Yesterday fine & fairly warm. Went in afternoon and saw Kit’s Coty,¹ a druidical altar or something of the kind. It consists of four stones arranged more or less thus:
The whole about 8’ high & the stone on top approximately 8’ square by something over a foot thick. This makes about 70 cubic feet of stone. A cubic yard (27 cubic feet) of coal is supposed to weigh 27 cwt., so the top stone if of coal would weigh about 3 1/2 tons. Probably more if I have estimated the dimensions rightly. The stones are on top of a high hill & it appears they belong to quite another part of the country.
Fruit Bottling Without Sugar
OLD-TIME COUNTRY METHOD
When this simple method of bottling fruit in cold water without sugar or any cooking was first shown to me by an old country-woman I was doubtful if it would prove successful.
I find, however, that it answers perfectly, and that the fruit has more flavour this way than when it is dealt with by the more usual methods.
Care is necessary in following out the directions. Use air-tight bottles with rubber rings. And now for the simple recipe.
Fill bottles of the kind mentioned with fruit, and place in pail or any suitable receptacle which will hold four to five inches of water over the top of the bottle. Now turn on tap of cold water, or have a can of cold water and pour over the bottled fruit with some force. This is to pack fruit and force out any impurities. Let water run until bottles are filled and running over an inch or two. Stop tap and wait until all bubbles have ceased to rise.
Seal up, under water. Take out, turn the bottles upside-down. If all are dry next morning all is well. If there is any leaking you must do the work over again. The fruit keeps its flavour as though freshly gathered. – T. H. S.
¹Kit’s Coty House is the chamber of a long barrow (an ancient grave mound) not far to the north of Aylesford. Peter Davison
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