jammin’

  • May 24, 2012 9:20 am

Some gorgeous rhubarb freshly picked from the allotment yesterday…. …is now the sweetest rhubarb and ginger jam. Quite why I chose the hottest day of the year thus far to make jam I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that my kitchen assistant did not stick around indoors for very long. Thanks Trish…

{No photo} Happy Monday

  • November 28, 2011 3:17 pm

This weekend we celebrated! We got our car back from the local mechanic, Andrew, who put a new engine in the old Megalvin. Hurrah! She lives to see another day! (Well, actually, I’d much rather have got a new car but she will have to sputter out a few more months). It was also our…

Happy Monday

  • October 24, 2011 3:35 pm

As promised, an update on my forays into the world of chutney making and it’s closely guarded secrets! We grew around two dozen tomato plants in pots and in the ground in our garden this year. I’m a right old slacker when it comes to watering and pruning so perhaps they were not as well-tended…

Islander Reunion

  • August 4, 2011 10:35 pm

Who better to throw a few snags on the barbie than a fair dinkum aussie bloke? We recently headed to deepest darkest Wiltshire for a long-awaited reuinion with some of my favourite people in the whole world, from the far flung corners of the earth. It was emotional, not least for Violet, who got to…

Smelling the Roses

  • June 2, 2011 8:14 pm

Up early for a spot of gardening this morning before the sun got too hot – umm, yes it is scorchio y scorchio right now – I was happily watering away my poor droopy tomatoes when I turned around and noticed Violet stick something in her mouth. It happens regularly with a toddler, but she…

The luxury of choice

  • May 23, 2011 8:00 pm

It’s National Vegetarian Week this week, so I’d thought I would share my thoughts on the issue, and a few tips and recipes to follow in the next few days. It’s a subject that is close to my heart, though it isn’t without it’s complications. I was eight when I decided to become a vegetarian,…