We then realised that we had all the sloe fruit left from the gin-making process so decided to go in for chocolate making.
Last year the business sold 12,000 bottles of sloe gin and 20,000 boxes of sloe liqueur chocolates.
Sloe gin is flavored with sloe berries instead of juniper, the flavoring in regular gin.
Other members of the genus include the apricot, peach, sloe , and cherry.
Along the way you pass little old quarries, thickets and deep sloe hedges, and you might just catch the sound of gunfire.
I finished down an arched spine of a ridge, village in view, and sloe tree scrub and birch, menacing fly agaric funghi, and a flashing flock of goldcrests.
And there are some hedges left, and the one we followed for the first mile had a good mix of native species, thorn, elder, holly, hazel, wild rose, gooseberry, sloe and horse chestnut.
Wild fruit jellies, such as elderberry, rowanberry, sloe or crab apple, also make a great accompaniment.
Fruit stones, apple pips - there were a lot of sloe stones, a fruit which would be very bitter to us.
Unfortunately a field of sunflowers were over, but we had the fruits of autumn, sloe , elderberry and powerfully scented crab apple.