Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Photos: Top - one of my last orders wrapped in festive ribbon; below - felt stocking kit which I bought for my children to do from Wilkinsons, but ended up doing it myself!
Sunday, 21 November 2010
250g Demerara sugar
250ml Medium dry cider
1 kg Cooking apples, chopped
1/2 tsp Mixed spice
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
75g Glace cherries, chopped
75g Blanched almonds, finely chopped
Rind and juice of 1/2 Lemon
1. Dissolve the sugar in the cider in a large pan.
2. Add the chopped apples to the pan, then all the other ingredients except for the Brandy.
3. Simmer for approx 30 minutes until pulpy.
4. Take off the heat and stir in the brandy.
5. Spoon into warm, sterilised jars.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Below is my Black Forest necklace on black aluminium chain. Both necklaces have been made for a fair that I am doing later in the autumn.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
The gite was in a fabulous location, with the river Loire at the bottom of the garden, and just fields of sweetcorn surrounding us.
Nearby, was a town called Briare-le-canal where we went on a bateau mouche along the canal and through a lock , which I had never done before, and the children couldn't understand why we wouldn't flood the boat when the water rose!
The same day we also visited Chateau des pecheurs at Le Bussiere where there were lots of little cabins hidden in the woods for the children to discover. The chateau also had an extensive kitchen garden where we picked our own raspberries and ate them for lunch.
The following days were spent in an area just over the border in the Yonne region of Burgundy where me and the boys did high ropes, which is one of my favourite holiday activities. It was one of the most difficult I have done with tarzan swings and zip wires finishing up in the trees.
Finally, we visited the fascinating medieval castle being built at Guedolon, which is a great thing to see: 35 skilled people are building a castle using 13th century tehniques, and it is estimated that they will complete it in 2025. All the stone is quarried on site, as is the wood. Everything down to the ropes, scaffolding and nails are made in the ways of the time.