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Nice shot of a pea plant on the windowsill

Spring 2013

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Today Bella and I tidied up the garden after winter, we had a great time and it only really took the afternoon! The first thing we did was empty our bird feeders. These have mostly been used by the squirrels, and most of the seed has been left untouched, which could be the red kites (which [...]
Pose for the camera!

Pea and Potato Crop 2013

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Last year our pea and potato harvest was not the best. Of course you can’t expect to get much out of a small raised planter, during the worst summer on UK record but this year we are going to try to “maximise our return” (grow more stuff) by getting started a bit earlier. Last year we planted our [...]
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Chutneys, Jams and Jellies

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A month or so ago I wrote a series of posts about chutneys, jellies and jams, but I didn’t write anything about how they tasted (as I didn’t know), so here is a short post on how they all turned out. (more…)
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Rosehip and Apple Jelly

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This is the last in a series of posts about chutney’s, jams and jellies. Bella and I had a great time in September gathering rose-hips (except for the ants), and this year I decided to add some apple to the jelly (mostly because I had very few rose hips and some apples in my kitchen about to go [...]
This machine will core, peel and make an apple into a spiral, I picked it up this year at the Great Missenden Food Festival, brilliant

Blackberry and Apple Chutney

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In my last post I wrote about how Bella and I made Blackberry Jam. On the same day my parents were over, and they took Bella for a few hours whilst I made this (not a child friendly recipe as pretty complex); Blackberry and Apple Chutney! This is based on the contents of the River Cottage Preserves [...]
Chutney's, Jellies and Jams from 2012

Easy Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Blackberry Jam

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In late September I did a little foraging with Bella, sadly nowhere near as much as I’d hoped to do, but at least this year we got many more blackberry’s, and there is always next year! The towering mountain of food in the image to the right is the massive bounty that Bella and I have reaped this [...]
Our seed feeder - hung from and old bracket we once used for a lantern

Winter is coming

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OK, so actually it is pretty much here. I’ve been working on a big project lately which I will write about once it is done, for today here is just a little update. Today Bella and I visited the Environment Centre in High Wycombe in its new home a short walk from our home. We used to go all the time [...]
The patch early in the season

Veggies Update

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The last post I did about our veggie patch was back in April, since then we have had a full growing season and harvested our magnificent bounty…… well erm you’ll see. This post will be of no interest to a seasoned gardener I’m afraid, but it shows how well plants have grown on compost from my Green [...]
Bella doing art by the fire

Blackberries (again)!!

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Last year I lamented the fact that I never took Bella out Blackberry picking (I only managed to get her out quite late in the season). This year, despite the fact I am still so busy I never update my blog (sorry) I have managed to go out with her right at the very start of the season (I base this [...]
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No more butterflies

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No it’s not a tragic story, just that we have let Bella’s butterflies go (except for the one with the wonky wings, which is also no longer with us), here are some photos of the big day. (more…)
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