Some articles in the media suggest that domestic gardens have produced better fruit this year than the commercial growers. When I look at our apple trees, laden with fruit, I'd be inclined to agree.
I guess in a garden like ours (and the many others just like it) and unlike commercial mono-cultures, we have a great variety of plants including wild flowers, which means there is more food for bees and more places for them to live, encouraging a healthy population of bees to pollinate our plants.
And significantly, most of the pesticides used in agriculture, especially the systemic pesticides, are toxic to bees - so maybe our gardens will be the last refuge for these insects.
Bit of a worry, in my opinion, as we rely on them for so much - time perhaps to join the Uk Natural Beekeeping Alliance.
Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, time to start on the apple chutney . . . . .