Peter Rhodes on berries, bunnies and building schools from corn

It's that time of year again: mists, mellow fruitfulness and unexplained heatwaves. A national newspaper columnist describes picking a bag of mulberries and not having a clue what to do with them. Read on . . .

Norman Painting – self-sufficient in mulberries.
Norman Painting – self-sufficient in mulberries.

I was first introduced to mulberries by Norman Painting, better known as Phil Archer of the radio series The Archers who was holding a charity open day at his mansion in a secluded Warwickshire village. He had a huge mulberry tree which produced thousands of berries. He pulped them and stirred them into goats' milk ice cream; delicious.

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