One of my aims for #50in50 was to spend more time with friends and I recently spent a weekend with a group of girls I have known for many years. We spent a day walking – fortified by a large number of snacks – and although the weather forecast for the weekend was terrible, we … More Apple and Blackberry Loaf – youth hostels, ballet and a mighty fine pie
A couple of years ago I rediscovered my love of swimming. I used to swim a lot as a child – we had swimming lessons at our local pool on a Saturday morning and my brother and I spent hours in the (very cold) sea every year when we had our family holidays in Wales … More Gluten free carrot cake – and open water swimming #50in50
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
One of my many bad habits is studying the contents of other people’s shopping trolleys in the supermarket. I’m always intrigued by what other people eat. I don’t know if anyone else does this – perhaps it’s just me and everyone else has better things to do with their time? At this time of year … More Rhubarb and almond cake – and a garden update
I can’t believe quite how quickly this year is passing – it’s already 11th June. The weather seems to think it is April with lots of heavy showers although it’s a bit warmer I guess. At least the rain is good for the garden, this weekend we’ve managed to get some of the plants I’ve … More Chocolate brownies – and why reduce the sugar?
This week we have had the excitement of eating the first of this year’s veg from the garden – beetroot leaves and lettuce, in a big salad with chicken and bacon, served with Jersey Royals. There’s been quite a lot going on in the garden: the bamboo wigwams have been erected for the beans and … More Jumbled crumble
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