I know what you're thinking; "who are those cute 80's children?" Well, my friends, those cool cats are my two brothers and I, picking apples in our neighbour's garden.
26 years ago, when Mel and Kim topped the charts and we were powered by Skittles ("taste the rainbow"), this is one way we'd spend a warm autumnal Saturday afternoon. Each apple was carefully wiped, wrapped in newspaper and put into the store. Any that we're bruised were made into apple pie with cinnamon, sprinkled with sugar and drowned in cream.
This introduction to grow-your-own is what got me started down the self-sufficiency route. On my allotment I grow apple varieties Discovery, James Grieves and Charles Ross - and it's the season to be picking.
If you don't have your own apple tree then there are apple festivals happening throughout the UK this month or perhaps ask a friendly neighbour and if all else fails go to a farmer's market and try some new varieties.
Of course, you're going to need somewhere to put all of those ripe, shiny apples so here are the instructions to make a quick and easy, no-sew t-shirt bag.
you will need:
5. Place the first strip inside the t-shirt approximately 3cm from the bottom opening and iron. Put the second strip inside the t-shirt, just below the first, and iron that as well. (Check manufacturers instructions for iron heat settings). The two strips will give your bag extra strength.
(Please supervise children whilst using the iron or you might have to do this step for them.)
Please supervise children at all times whilst making this bag as scissors can be sharp and irons can be hot.
This bag can also be sewn, if you prefer. In step 4 sew 2 rows approximately 2cms and then 3cms from the bottom hemline.