As the car is running okay this year... shhh... I've been getting apples together. Having condensed up the rubbish in the garage (and I have been to the tip a few times!) I now have space to set up the scratter and press. This very night has seen me scrat 30lbs of sharps (when you get a handful of the well-chopped-up stuff and squeeze and it stings round your cuticles you know it's sharp enough!) The 'lightweightmick' scratter is a big improvement over cutting and pulping of earlier years, though it does tend to whip some big bits through about the size of scallops. If I had a good enough press I could press the scratted apples as they are but to get a good porridge consistency they still need to be run through the pulper first.
Hopefully this year I'll have more time to put some cider making videos together.