Monday, 21 April 2014

A Bluebell Wood Called Blackberry Camp

We live in an historic part of Britain.  All around us are the ruins of Roman walls, ancient castles, cathedrals, and iron age fortifications.  Many of the cottages in the area have been around for 500 years!  I love these old buildings but sometimes the most interesting thing about these places is what happens when the people abandon them and nature reclaims them.  

Blackberry Camp is one of those magical places.  It was an iron age fortress now inhabited by a bluebell woods. 

Every spring, the floor of the woods becomes a sea of tiny blue flowers and people come from miles around to walk along the raised banks and enjoy the most beautiful display.  

We had a picnic lunch there today, along with several dozens of other visitors. 

Busy as it was, it still seems a magical place.  You half expect Merlin to step out of the mossy trunk of an old tree.

If there are Sprites and Fairies, this is where they must live. 

We were a little early for the full display of colour.  These bluebells are just beginning to open.

I'd love to go back, very early in the morning, and see if I can catch the fairies as they are just waking up!  

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Bunny Egg Cosies

I am not a great knitter but I like small, fun projects.  This is a lovely idea from the brilliant Debbie Bliss.   These Bunny Egg Cosies are adorable and would make a really cute Easter gift.  You could even dress up a chocolate egg with one of these.  

CLICK HERE to get the instructions  and you can soon have an Easter Bunny on your breakfast table!  

Monday, 14 April 2014

Early Morning Snaps of the Garden

We've had several days of warm sun which has brought out the best in the garden.  Here are some snaps of the best blooms in the garden this morning.

Acers are my favourite trees and they are now in full bloom.  The flowers are so delicate you hardly notice them.

Under the largest Acer the dark tulip are starting to open.

There are just a few yellow tulips left, they are nearly finished.

But the azaleas are now getting started.

These peach daffodils have the most delicate colour.  I really must try to plant more of these this Autumn.  

It's a dazzlingly bright day full of bees and blossom.  On a day like today, it's easy to forget the cold, wet days of winter. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Too Busy to Blog

It's been a very busy time in our garden.  We've been painting fences, mowing lawns, and weeding the borders so there hasn't been much time for baking and blogging.  I know it's the same at your house.  Spring is such a busy time.

Hopefully we will soon be caught up with chores, but for now we are just enjoying the good weather and the gardening.

If you know of a small bird family looking for a home, we still have one bird box free!  The old bird box is being renovated by the Blue Tit family who spend the summer with us every year.  

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Veggie Rosti and Fried Eggs for Lunch

I have a Twitter friend who was a contestant on Master Chef.  We chat about food all the time.  He is a medical doctor who believes in eating well and writes a blog to prove it.  

Yesterday he was saying that there was hardly any dish that couldn't be made delicious with the addition of good cheese or a fried egg.  He's a wise man...and he made me hungry for fried eggs!

So, for lunch today I made Veggie Rosti and Fried Eggs.  I used a medium potato, a carrot, and an onion to make these but you can use any veg that you like.  This isn't a recipe but more of a 'How To':

Dice the onion,  shred the potato and carrot.  Squeeze the extra moisture out of the potato before placing all the veg into a mixing bowl.  Add an egg, a large spoonful of flour and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Stir well to mix.  Heat up a frying pan, add one or two tablespoons of vegetable oil, spoon the veggie mixture into the pan forming  loose patty shapes, and cook for a few minutes over medium heat.  

When the veggie patties have begun to brown, flip them over and cook them until golden brown. Place the cooked rosti on a baking sheet and place them in a warm oven while you continue to fry the remaining veggie mixture.  

By now the pan is perfect for frying eggs, so plop in a few eggs to top the rosti.   This is what I love, a yummy meal all cooked in one pan!  Thanks for the inspiration Dr. T. 

Take a moment to visit Dr. Toby's blog and you can cook like a Master Chef, too!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Sofa Surfing

It's cold, there is a sea mist rolling in.  No one can face going out, not even the little Dust Bunny Cat.  

So we are all just going to stay in and do some sofa surfing.

There's nothing wrong with having a relaxing Saturday every once in a while. 

Perhaps we can do some light cleaning later.