'It's only the hairs on a goosegog that stops it from being a grape' (anon.)
Sizewise the individual fruits are pretty good too, although not quite worthy of one of those cut-throat gooseberry competitions held by the old Gooseberry societies. Sadly my fruit have succumbed to mildew - which is Not a Good Thing.
I've picked a colander full anyway - each fruit a reminder of what an unpleasant thing it is to harvest. It was a job we were always given as children.'Because you've got small hands...' Yeah right. We also got to 'top and tail' them too - and that's as boring a job as jobs get. I've a sneaking suspicion that even when cooked up into the inevitable pie they were not popular with the Cross children either.
I think I'm going to make Gooseberry and Elderflower Fool - the two things coming into season alongside each other, albeit on either side of the garden fence. I bet my Glamorous Ass. will complain that it's sloppy stuff. Tough.