There is a definite lack of sustenance in this world, it is definitely coming to a non bitter end. I doubt many of you have noticed but it is the demise of the Seville orange.
Have you actually tried to buy any lately for marmalade production? They used to be freely available in January, not any more. Even in 2000 when I had my shop one had to book them with the wholesalers well in advance. I rarely could get my hands on more than 100lbs or so and used to have a waiting list for orders against them. When I first got here one could buy them locally in an upmarket supermarket. Now there are none to be had in the whole bloody county.
Fortunately I have a friend who has a flower stall in the famed Pikes Place market in Seattle, I got her to order some with a fruit merchant there. She was rationed to 5lbs only! Next year I anticipate going to worship at the only tree left in California!
And, no Christopher, I do not want alternative Dorset recipes made from guavas and toenail clippings! Nothing else will do but Seville oranges! I wonder why this awful situation has come to pass. Do people no longer make marmalade and use that disgusting sweet stuff from the shops that passes for the real thing? Have all the trees died from climate change? Who knows.
Definitely presages the end of the world as one knows it, time to fall off one’s twig methinks before it gets any worse.
PS, I note my earlier bitch about the rampancy of plastic sarcophagii entombing screaming dying veg in British supermarkets last autumn has finally been aired in the British papers. If people stripped it and threw it on the supermarket floor, they would soon stop using it! Perhaps one could solve all the above problems by being buried in a plastic coffin or just mummification with plain shrink wrap might do!