Apple Day with Miranda Gore Browne and Vivien Lloyd

Apple Day

Vivien Lloyd (the Jam Mistress) kindly sent me an invitation to join her, Charlotte Pike and other guests at Miranda Gore Browne's(runner-up in the first Great British Bake Off) beautiful home to celebrate Apple Day. The day was a complete delight.  It was lovely to catch up with Charlotte, (author of the popular Hungry Student Books and a More

The Harvest – thinking of others

the harvest - thinking of others

It's wonderful to celebrate the Harvest.  The shops are full of apples, pears, plums and quince.  There is an abundance of gorgeous vegetables, carrots, cauliflowers, cabbages and pumpkins. Living in a city, we can quickly forget where our food comes from.  I love attending my daughter's school Harvest Festival, where the children remind us, More

Apple Cupcakes for Harvest

apple cupcakes

I love the abundance of apples that are available at the moment. Lots of gorgeous eating apples to munch and crunch and wonderful Bramley apples, that transform into soft appley clouds of goodness when cooked or baked. We have been celebrating harvest, both at my daughter's school and in our local parish church, where we had a shared supper. I More

Cosy Dog Bed

cosy dog bed

There are many people; they include my husband, my sons, my daughter and many, many of my friends, who mistakenly think I spoil my dog.  I do not, I just prefer him to be contented and happy, which requires a certain amount of time and money. Like most dogs, his preferred activity is sleeping, closely followed by eating.  And of course walking More

Quince Jelly

quince jelly

There are some  words which take me straight back to teaching infants (my career for many years), and quince is one of them.  In the autumn I would always read The Owl and The Pussycat to my class and the lines:- They dined on mince, and slices of quince Which they ate with a runcible spoon; Were always great favourites.  Everyone knew More