High Days And Holidays

*   It’s been a wonderful month, beginning with our local gala day. We hosted our little afternoon tea party and watched the colourful floats go by our door. *   Snowy has been keeping CC out of mischief…..she makes an excellent alarm clock for CC, jumping on him in the mornings to wake him up. *    …

Jubilee Jaunts

A brief summary of June…. Our tiny meadow is slowly turning our little yard a lush green… *   Shockingly Awful Jubilee weather, but in true British form we had a picnic on Reeth green during our holiday and enjoyed listening to the band. Blowing a gale and a temperature of 10 C did not deter the picnickers !…

Moments in March

*   Sadly we lost Mr. Rupert last week, our black lop eared rabbit. It seems such a short time since we were collecting the two brothers from the rescue centre and welcoming them to their new home. He will be very much missed by CC and I but especially Mr. Gerry his lovely brother. We…

Winter Treats

*   The recent cold winter weather has brought some unexpected treats in recent days, beautiful winter walks and plenty of opportunities to sample some thoroughly stodgy fare. My friend Liza came to visit us from Sweden and we have delighted in having an excuse to increase our winter walks and sample some local culinary delights. *   This…

Viable Dreams

*   Walking along the river bank at this time of year is often a rather messy affair, boots sink into the squelchy path and clothing is dotted liberally with muddy spots. Despite the type B conditions( ( seriously squelchy on a scale from A ( over the boot and lower leg) through to G ( dry and…

The Definition of Hospitality

Resolving to see more of our suroundings in 2012, we made an early start to our good intentions with a fell walk around Grange-Over-Sands. Despite a what would be euphemistically known around these parts as a ‘bracing’ wind ( gusts of up to 100MPH on peaks) we hiked to the hospice overlooking Grange. The hospice…

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…

1940s Lytham

There are some days in which I am fiercely proud to be a Brit, and today was such a day. We took our nephew and CC’s Mom to a 1940s re-enactment day in Lytham and a fine time was had by all. SS officers sipped tea from enamel mugs alongside French Resistance, British Army officers as well…

Fairy Steps and Homemade Yoghurt

The riots in London and some of our cities has saddened and angered us both in equal measure. To escape the siren pull of the news, CC and I took advantage of the wonderful sunshine and went for a lovely walk around Fairy Steps. It is such a beautiful place with its ancient woodlands and stunning…