Postcards From The Weekend

fresh green leaves growing from tiny buds… making more friends… the smallest of picnics… a flask of hot coffee and sweet potato and apple muffins enjoyed by the sea making special ‘bird cakes’ for the hungry birds who have (finally) found our bird table… Recipe For Bird Food melt fat ( lard, coconut oil, butter…

Food

We’ve been thinking a lot about ‘real’ food at home this month. According to The Guardian, food made in factories from ingredients and additives which would have not been recognised by our great-grandmothers now makes up over half of the UK diet. Known as ‘ultra processed foods’, these often consist of high salt and sugar…

Finding the joy in January – 2018

Keeping cheerful during windy and wet days can be a challenge, we have had no snow this year ( not unusual due to our coastal location), but it has rained for days on end with gales and freezing temperatures. We have found that the best remedies are home-spun… We’ve invited friends and neighbours for tea…

Winter

Despite the relentlessly rainy weather we’ve been spending as much time as we can outdoors, soaking up the precious few hours of sunlight available in our northern climes. Winters are always a challenge with the lack of light and much shorter days, often with just a few hours of daylight. Sunsets at 3pm and dark…

A Few Lovely Things this week…

Treasures on the beach- mermaid purses (shark eggs) Veg boxes- two ways A delivery from Growing With Nature ( plot to plate less than 2 miles) Learning… Building wooden towns -and then knocking them down… music two ways….piano by CC, gramophone by me..wish I could play the piano! Finally getting around to stripping the lavender…

Family

During the last week in October CC, our little boy and I went on the boat to Northern Ireland to spend a week exploring and visiting relatives from both sides of our families. We stayed in a Georgian cottage in Hillsborough complete with peat fire ( although I couldn’t bear to burn the peat, it is…

Autumn Treats

CC has returned to work and I am now at home enjoying time with our little boy, the days seem to fly by and CC is home before we know it on most days. It was extremely strange not going back  to work and I definitely miss my teaching, however having this special time with…

Summer’s End

*   What happened to the summer ? It seemed as though the weeks were endless and September was a world away. Autumn seems to have come early this year and we’ve been making the most of the ripe profusion of blackberries growing in dense pockets in the lanes around our house. *  Making the…

Spring Cleaning

*   ‘The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur,…

Autumn Pleasures

*   Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year here, the chance to have cosy nights by the fire, the abundance of hedgerow fruit for picking and despite going back to work, the chance to have lovely long walks enjoying the scent of the leaves and the smell of wood smoke. We began our month…

Blackberry and Bramley Jam

The hedgerows are brimming with delicious, ripe blackberries and a delightful afternoon spent foraging yielded enough to make jam to give as Christmas presents this year. Recipe For Blackberry and Bramley Jam – Will make about 4 small Kilner Jars full and an extra jar for your fridge. 1kg of washed blackberries 350g of Bramley…

Freezing MangeTout

We’ve had a lovely crop of MangeTout (Sugarsnap Peas) and have had a go at freezing them. This has worked really well and should ensure that we have some lovely homegrown vegetables in winter. How To Freeze Your Vegetable Harvest 1. Pick your vegetables and give them a good rinse, prepare them as though you are…