Apple Day at Shibden Hall on Saturday (Oct 15) was a really good idea. I was one of the happy visitors who enjoyed learning about just how many different types of apples there are that we don’t get in supermarkets. Autumn Permains were probably my favourite taste, but Bloody Ploughmen certainly have the best name.
Friendly and well-informed stall holders told us there are over 300 varieties of apples in Yorkshire alone, offered tastings and demonstrations of peeling machines, and ran a competition to guess the weight of an apple pie. I’m pleased to say that I won it (it was 3lb, 5 ozs - and delicious).
Next year the day might be even more successful if the Courier could list the event in the Thursday What’s On supplement. Many of my friends said afterwards they’d love to have come if only they’d known. And participants would certainly increase if Shibden felt able to charge a reduced entrance fee to those who just wanted to attend the event in the yard, and not visit the house - wonderful though it is and and wonderfully low-priced though the tickets are.
Dr Jo Stanley