This year we decided to do something with the hips from the wild rose bush near one of our garden fences. After a bit of reading I decided to make rosehip syrup to use over winter, and mostly followed the directions from Carla Emery's excellent Encyclopaedia of Country Living, with a bit of The Cottage Smallholder thrown in!
While I was out buying pears for drying and bottling ($2 a kilo form the local orchard!!) Jerry was picking hips. Then he spend a happy (?!) hour or so de-stalking them while we watched some "The thick of it" on DVD. So funny. Peter Capaldi is just brilliant.
And here's the result - from about 1.2kg of hips I have just under 2l of syrup. I'm planning to call my mum to ask her to save her hips too as she has loads of roses.
solar drier that Jerry made, but it has been too humid. However, I try to only use this electric one when I have 10 full trays on the go to make it really worth the electricity.