Have been pruning the apples and pear, which all still have many (turning) leaves. Then noticed that the sloe (prunus spinosa) and damson had completely lost their leaves. And exposed an amazing sight - the one and only sloe on the entire plant. It's the first time I've seen a real live sloe - it's tiny (about the size of a blueberry) and the pip is 80% of the fruit. It didn't have much taste, so I wonder what it imparts to gin? The sloe is also known as blackthorn - and those thorns are seriously dangerous.
Sally Wise has a recipe for sloe cheese using 1.5kg sloes - given the current output it's going to be a long time before I'll be making that.