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Looking back and forward…..

3 Jan

It’s that time of year again when it’s deemed appropriate to review the last 12 months and express disappointment in one’s performance and blame unexpected family commitments, unplanned overseas travel, or un scheduled box set binges. And then to look towards the approaching new year and to promise more commitment to the task in hand, combined with less procrastination.

Well, in a year long effort not to beat my self up too much about the few things I don’t actually achieve, and to take a little more credit for so much of what I have actually achieved….

I can say that I really enjoyed visiting this….


And this…


I learnt a few new things like this….


And this …..


I shall grow more of these….


And these….


I want to photograph more things like this….


And this….


I want to spend more time here….


And here….


I want to fill my house with more of these…..


And these….


I want to eat in more places like this….


And this….


I should probably eat more of these….


And less of these….


I must spend more time wearing these….


But still make time to do more of this….


And most importantly to make more time to appreciate things like this….


And this….


I’ll let you know how I get on !

Photos ( all mine)

1. Derek Jarman’s garden in Dungeness Kent
2. Sissinghurst Kent
3. Porcelain hearts
4. Appliquéd hare from workshop with Mandy Pattullo
5. American Dawn dahlia
6.asstd chillies
7. & 8. Beach combing still life
9. Loch Duich Rosshire Scotland
10. Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides
11. Sweet peas
12. Flowers at Worton Organic
13. Worton Organic Oxfordshire
14.beach restaurant Istanbul
15. Amazing tomatoes from Worton Organic
16. Spiced blackberry bundt cake
17. My work boots
18. Liberty patchwork cushion
19. My favourite view Loch Duich Scotland
20. My favourite chair in my garden Warwickshire


Chilli Harvest Time

4 Oct

As autumn eventually arrived this weekend, I thought it was time to harvest my chillies. I’d also had enough of watering them in the greenhouse !
I am however going to attempt to over winter them. All chillies are infact perennials and don’t die after they’ve cropped. I’ve taken internet advice and intend to cut them back hard and keep them in my frost free greenhouse and see how how they do – I’ve nothing to lose !


About half of them have turned red already and the others will do now they’re inside in the warm.
I’ve bunched them all together and they’ll dry nicely beside the Aga.

So now I’m all set up for lots of chilli con carne, Thai green curries, and ‘blow your head off’ Indian curries!!!!

See my previous post on how my chillies have been performing all summer.

Damson Delight

28 Sep

A kind friend handed me a large bag of damsons last week so today has been a jam making day.


The stones/pips nearly broke me – you can’t get them out easily like a large plum, so the only option is to start heating up the damsons and sugar and then fish them out one by one as they rise to the surface. Hopefully got 99% of them !


It was getting really quite hot in the kitchen – perhaps not the best day to choose ! But hopefully it will be worth it !


Now to make some scones so I can really enjoy the jam ! Never have a huge amount of luck with scones so if anyone can recommend a fool proof recipe please tell me.

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