|Cider Press in the Foreground - Conker Contest in the Background|
We are delighted to report that Apple Day at the Mansbridge Community Orchard was a massive success. Thanks to everyone who turned up, joined in and helped make it a truly fantastic day.
|Slicing & Dicing|
The sun was shining, the trees were loaded with apples, lots of new people (57!) of all ages turned up and joined in. Everyone had heaps of fun and drank/left with gallons of scrumptious Apple juice.
|the Apple Conveyor Belt|
The basic process goes like this...
|Another Load Arrives|
Volunteers pick apples and bring them back to the base, then other volunteers cut and mince the apples, using the "scratters" (fruit mills). The pommace (crushed fruit) is then poured into the presses and squeezed, squashed, crushed and compressed until the delicious juice pours out into buckets. This juice is then fed back to the volunteers to keep their energy up and the surplus stashed in various bottles, and containers to take home.
|Good Work Girls|
This is not going to be a long wordy post, there is no need, I will let the images and films do the talking.
|Operating the Big Press|
|Returning with Another Healthy Hoard|
|the Evil Quince Pimp Wuhahaha!|
|Marching Back from the Trees|
|Fun For the Young Too|
|This Young Man Likes Apples!|
|Not Pyramids, Sunset Over Southampton Roofs as I Washed the Kit|