Scrumpy Pie and Autumn Pleasures

There’s nothing nicer when the nights draw in, and the days get colder, than a warm apple pie made with scrumped apples. The fragrance of the apples cooking in cinnamon feels cosy and autumnal, and sampling several pies has brought cheer to our home and a feeling of well-being. With the trend for energy prices set to rise some…

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…

Sweet Peas and Washing Lines

I have been cutting my first bunches of sweet peas from the garden, their beautiful scent always reminds me of warm summer days. We’ve grown them in our containers this year, since the garden is largely devoted to producing edibles. They’re rather a strange sight as they tower above hanging baskets and trail alongside planters….. My latest embroidery…

Jam Jar Covers

Yesterday I made covers for the jars from an old tablecloth my grandmother had given me. I’m so pleased with the result. I will definitely be making these for Christmas presents. Cute Canadian (CC) and I decided that our Christmas presents should all be homemade this year, we’re so sick of trying to find decent…

The Good Life

Our resolve…..to make as many things as we can, to avoid buying cheap, poorly made mass produced goods. To experiment and revel in making and growing our own and to share the joy with others.