All about apples

Knobby Russet. Duck’s Bill. Dr Hogg. Not a string of insults but rather three varieties of apple out of some 30 or so to be found in Sussex. The smallest variety, the Golden Pippin, is also the oldest and has been cultivated in the county since the 17th century. One of the largest, the ruddy…

Bringing the harvest home

For centuries the coming of the autumn equinox on 23 September has marked the end of the harvest period, often culminating in a raucous Harvest Home celebration.  The old English word hærfest actually means autumn, or the period between August and November. A time of thanksgiving, harvest festivals are steeped in custom and folklore. The…