Thursday, 29 September 2022

Scrumping Bags

 


What's the one thing that dogs walkers always have on them everywhere they go whether the dogs are with them or not?  Poo bags, or as they are also known at this time of year ... Scrumping Bags.

I was walking the dogs around the park yesterday morning and I spotted quite a few apples of various types on the trees, so I helped myself to just a few.


I added them to the apples in the bowl that Alan had scrumped for me on Sunday morning when we walked the dogs around the garden centres paddock, but he was more clandestine than me and simply filled his pockets.  Well, we were going into the cafe, and you can't really pop a poo bag on or under your table without raising more than a few eyebrows.


Scrumping is very apt for My Modern Wartime Rationing, which is has now been live for a couple of days over on my other blog ... and luckily every time I go out I have a pocket full of 'scrumping bags' just in case.  😁

(You can also click onto my other blog by clicking on the photograph of me washing the pots right at the top of the sidebar.  πŸ˜‰)


Sue xx

 


21 comments:

  1. Gosh, scrumping. That takes me back. We had it off to a fine art as kids - not that we had to try too hard as there was a big abandoned orchard across the valley, and abandoned wartime allotments our side of the valley.

    I have free cookers this year thanks to a friend who is overwhelmed with two trees' worth!

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    1. There was no scrumping to be done when I was growing up in Manchester, the neighbour had an apple tree in his garden but he watched it like a hawk and we didn't dare scrump any. This year has been a bumper year for apples and lots of other tree fruits in our area.

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  2. I remember those days. There would always be at least one bag to be found in the pocket of all my clothes. X

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    1. I can be embarrassing when I pull out a poo bag along with a hankie ... but at least it shows I am a good dog owner and always pick-up. :-)

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  3. Hello Sue! Our apple tree is rubbish but there's a few apple-laden branches that hang over our garden wall from a neighbouring property - Jon gets his ladder out, pretends to be inspecting the wall or the shed roof and helps himself. Free food always tastes better! xxx

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    1. Our tree is only a baby with about 10 apples, so a bit of scrumping is proving very helpful to add to my rations. I bet the neighbour thinks that Jon is a very diligent shed cleaner. :-)

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  4. In the interest of saving money (!) I have been buying nappy sacks for dog poo use. The bags are 'fragranced' and this has been unfortunate when the bag is used as a carrier for the odd apple or blackberry. Last year when not properly organized with a covid mask in the pocket the bag had to be used for that purpose as well.

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    1. I once tried that but they smelt so dreadful ... even when used for their usual purpose ... that I stopped immediately.

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  5. There are fruit trees and a herb and strawberry bed alongside all the trees and shrubs in this little local park and it's all there for local residents to use, as are the herb beds that are dotted around the town.

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  6. How lovely to have free apples to pick. We have done well with our Bramleys at the allotment this year and my garage freezer is packed full of stewed apple for the coming months. You seem to have a few different varities there, very tasty!

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    1. I think all the trees were different varieties in the little corner of the park we were in, so I took a couple from each tree ... the dogs thought I had gone mad!! It's nice to have a stash ready for quick pies and crumbles in winter isn't it.

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  7. We were walking at Lytham today and passed a house where a plum or damson tree has shed most of its crop onto the pavement-I early wept as we had just had the most delicious damson jam with our scones in The Lytham Kitchen. Sadly the fruits were all trodden into the pavement πŸ₯² Catriona

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    1. Aww ... what a shame. I hope some of them had been picked by passers-by before they all went to waste. :-(

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  8. Poo bags also really handy for scrumping unexpected blackberries, sloes, and very generous handful of tomatoes from a neighbour who was over-run with them, seed-heads from same neighbour who had some lovely poppies to share, and whilst not scrumping, the same bags are invaluable for small bits of litter, broken glass and anything else you come across which might need gathering up. πŸΎπŸ˜†

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    1. Yes, they really do come in handy and doubled up can be quite strong for heavier scrumping. :-)

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  9. I've often collected (scrumped!) apples in dog poo bags. Apples seem to have grown well this year despite the heatwaves
    Alison in Wales x

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    1. It seems to have been a really good year for a lot of fruits in the UK. But saying that, there can be real regional differences with the strange unpredictable weather that we've been having.

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  10. Ahhh, what a lovely word for foraging. Love it.

    God bless.

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    1. It's what we called it when we were kids and went round trying to find things to pick to snack on.

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  11. Scrumpin' to make Scrumpy! We've seen lots about but haven't picked as Granny and Grampy and Great Granny are keeping us well stocked from their apple trees at the moment. Otherwise, I'd have been doing the same xxx

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  12. That's a new word for me! Never heard it before, but it is certainly descriptive.

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