I got one bagful from a colleague of Rick's, to whom we've promised a pumpkin in return. She also gave us some eggs from her two chickens so I'll have to make sure she gets the pick of the pumpkin crop.
Another bagful came from an aunt who lives in London: this wasn't a barter exchange as such, but she did get a copy of my book in return! These, she told me, were James Grieve. I had never heard of this variety, but I found a great site called Orange Pippin which filled me in on all the details about this apple:
James Grieve is a justifiably popular dual-purpose apple variety, raised in Scotland at the end of the 19th century, the height of the Victorian period of English apple development.
Some of the James Grieve went into a blackcurrant, blackberry and apple crumble - the rest has been turned into puree ready for when my baby starts weaning a few weeks from now. It's a lesson in using things up - a theme I am going to return to in my next post. Meanwhile, your homework: check your kitchen cupboards and make a list (in your head or on paper!) of everything that needs using up.