Although it’s been raining non-stop for the last few days we have had some beautiful autumn sunshine over the last few weeks and the colours in the garden and on my usual run/walk are amazing. Here’s a recipe for Blueberry and Banana cake Blueberry and Banana cake 100g butter (softened) 50g caster sugar 2 large … More Blueberry and banana cake – and some autumn colour
Last year our wonderful Bramley apple tree didn’t produce any apples – only the second time it has failed in 20 years. Luckily I had plenty left in the freezer from the previous year and have been able to work through them. I thought it would be good to try and empty the freezer ready … More Blackberry and apple jelly and a fantastic apple harvest
The weather this autumn has been very mild so far – so much so that the autumn colour lasted much longer than usual. Up until a couple of weeks ago these beauties were still blooming in the garden… The dahlias are over now – we have left some in the garden, well covered in the … More Apple and chilli jelly – and autumn colour
Edinburgh really is a beautiful city, but being on the east coast it is prone to the haar sweeping in to spoil a beautiful late spring or summer day. Haar (variations include har, hare, harl, harr) is also known as sea fret or sea fog and tends to plague the east coast of Scotland and England, particularly … More Banana bread with walnuts – and the haar….
I am really enjoying this spring, it somehow seems more vibrant and alive – the colours seem so bright and fresh and everything in the garden is shooting up suddenly. I wonder if everything really is happening very quickly after such a long winter, or if I am just enjoying it more because the bad … More Apricot and almond cake with rosewater and cardamom (gluten free) – and spring is here at last!
Yep, it’s definitely autumn. The leaves are turning red, orange, yellow and gold, and there’s quite definitely a chill in the air in the mornings. We are so lucky here with day length in the summer, when we barely see any darkness, but the nights are now drawing in quite quickly. The garden is a … More Blackberry, lime and elderflower cake
We have had a bird box on one of our trees for quite a few years now – and over the last few seasons it has been used by blue tits. It’s been a great pleasure to see the parents going in and out of the box with nest materials, then start to hear the chicks … More Making a bee box