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…

Sunshine and Samphire

It’s been a beautiful day and we’ve enjoyed walking on the beach. Reaching out of the sand, like a fake, plastic aquarium ornament, were little clumps of Samphire.

Peaches and Summer

Gerry is looking so much better, he’s greedily gobbling all the dandelion leaves I can get for him ( great excuse for not being too thorough with the weeding). CC has been telephoning at lunchtime to check on the progress of the patient. My parents and brother are coming for dinner tonight which gives me…

A Sick Bunny

Poor Gerry has been very ill with GI Stasis, a really nasty condition rabbits can get where basically their digestion stops. The poor little chap has been in pain and we’ve had to feed him by syringe, we noticed that he wasn’t himself on Monday night and made a speedy visit to the vets on…

Homemade Pizza

CC and I had a go at making our own pizza last night, it tasted so much better than anything we’ve bought in the supermarket, I just wish we had a pizza oven to give it that authentic taste. Sadly small terraced houses generally don’t come with built-in brick ovens…..Pizza  Recipe Makes about 3 large pizzas…

Gerry and Rupert Rabbits

Gerry and Rupert are enjoying their new enclosure, they have their own little vegetable plot which I’ve planted randomly with out of date seeds. They’re quite happy to provide vast quantities of wonderful fertiliser for my garden in exchange for good quality hay and vegetables. Not to mention that we love them to bits, they’re…

Making Our Own Cleaners and Recycling Polystyrene

Aha moment ! Tried in vain to get my favourite eco- cleaning stuff from the Co-op yesterday and then had to DRIVE ( grrr) to the nearest Summerfield and STILL no luck. Seems completely ridiculous to be driving to get greener products ( unfortunately I can’t use my bike at the moment). In desperation had…

Chutney- a strange place to start

Cute Canadian and I discussed the types of Christmas presents we might like to make this year and have decided to have a go at canning. So proud of our first attempt at homemade chutney (yay !). We spent some of our Saturday morning chopping and preparing veg ( sadly not from our garden- but…

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.

Hello

Welcome ! I hope to share with you the thrill and sense of satisfaction which comes with growing and making your own, pass on tips and helpful hints and enthuse  on a wide variety of topics, including craft, baking and container gardening. In short my ‘Good Life’ aspirations ! I’m definitely no expert, work full…