Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

Reviewing the year in food…

For me, the festive period always offers up the opportunity to cook and bake dishes that only seem apt at Christmas. In turn this means there is always too much good food in a relatively short period of time! Too many mince pies, sausage rolls, stollen, lebkuchen, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and ham, to name but a… Continue reading Reviewing the year in food…

Country life · Farm life · Gardening

A year in the making…

For the past few years my most favourite festive activity has been to make a Christmas wreath. I love the beauty of them, their brightness and greenness. They welcome visitors into our home and give a cheeriness to the farm. But what I really love is the task of gathering the ingredients. Traditionally I have made them with… Continue reading A year in the making…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

A Great British challenge…

For the past few months I have been ever-so-slightly glued to watching the institution that is the Great British Bake Off. As this most recent series unfolded I took to recreating each and every technical challenge that the contestants were set – one a week for ten weeks. Now, I love to cook, but I’ve never really been much… Continue reading A Great British challenge…

Country life · Norfolk

Why I will remember this Remembrance Sunday for all the wrong reasons…

I am writing this out of sheer frustration at the shambles of a remembrance event I attended yesterday. I’ve been trying to get over my annoyance but can’t seem to shrug it off. So, if you’ll bear with me, I feel the need to put pen to paper as it were. I make sure that I mark Remembrance… Continue reading Why I will remember this Remembrance Sunday for all the wrong reasons…

Cattle · Farm life

The birth of a cow…

We’ve recently welcomed a new calf onto the farm – the birth was tricky and complex. As the last calf due on the farm this year, its arrival was highly anticipated and it’s birth was expected to be pretty straight forward as the mother is the most experienced on the farm – she’s also the largest, making her the herd’s natural matriarch.… Continue reading The birth of a cow…