September and the plums still aren't quite ripe, but there's a promising harvest tugging at the weary boughs so I've been sprucing up some fruit trays in anticipation.
Here's how in three easy steps.
1. Make friends with your local greengrocer before scouring his rubbish pile for discarded wooden trays.
2. Paint three sides of each tray with a couple of coats of pale grey wood primer.
3. Paint the fourth side matt black...
...and enjoy your harvest!