You know the kind - they're those really nice people in your life that let you *drop in* any old time and *strip down* their *juicy fruit* trees, expecting nothing in exchange. Love them!
That's just what my mother's friend did when she let me come to her home and help myself to her quince and persimmon trees. In doing so she delayed me the embarrassment of knocking on the doors of total strangers and asking them if they had any fruit trees I could harvest. This pile of exotic fruits should keep me busy for a while.
Unfortunately, I forgot to do my homework beforehand and so when it came down to picking time, I had no idea what I was doing. (No surprise there.) I came home to discover I had about twenty pounds of unripened fruit. (Sigh.) The quince should be yellow, and the persimmons need to be soft, before I can make them into sorbets, puddings and jellies. In the mean time, I made some simple but surprisingly decorative arrangements that are filling the house with tutti-frutti goodness.