"With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam?While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage,And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home."*Beatrix Potter

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Springtime is Nearly Here.


New life is shooting up all around us here in the English Countryside this time of year.
It's beautiful to see all those little strong bulbs pushing through the frosty earth wanting to put on their show of colour to welcome in the Spring. 
I always know when the warmer weather is on it's way as the Rooks return to the rookery in the spindly pines at the end of our garden. They are busy building their nest's, I have never seen a more busier bird at the task of nest building.
The villages hedgerow are filled with an abundance of things if you take a while & look closely. The girl's have been doing a weekly nature journal which is not only teaching them but me too. 
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Mary studying the Lesser Colendine which we discovered on one of our nature walk's.
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Birds have come back to the cottage garden to sing their sweet morning song, warm day's do not seem that far away. These day's hold many thought's of flower's & our vegetable garden. The girl's have their own idea's of what they would like to do & grow in the garden, I love to watch them blossom with their imagination & thought's.
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Cottage days are filled with nature walk's, baking, gardening & learning.
Each day holds a new experience.
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Kitty on one of our weekly nature walks, that week was looking for signs of nesting bird's.
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We follow Lynn Seddon's Exploring Nature with Children.
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www.raisinglittleshoots.com
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It's a perfect balance between outside work & written work.
The girl's are doing their journal's in the style of Edith Holden.
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Sidney turned fourteen at the end of February.
He chose Chocolate Cake with as many treat's as I could get on the cake, he always chooses Chocolate Cake.
I rarely get a photo of these two boy's, Danny will be 16 in May I can't believe how the time has flown.
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I finished another 1930's Bow Scarf for the twin's beautiful pen friend in America.
This little girl love the 1930's.
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Custard Pie & two Apple Crumb Pie's.
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Now that the hen's are starting to lay more egg's Custard Pie is ideal to use them up in.
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Recipe for the Custard Pie I make.
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Combine 1/2 cup of sugar
3 egg's
2 cups of milk
Mix these ingredient's with a hand whisk for a few minute's.
Then pour in to a pie case.
Sprinkle top with nutmeg & bake for around 40 minutes at 350 o
I find this recipe quick to mix up.
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I helped the twins make themselves a skirt each out of an old skirt of mine.
They are so happy with the end result & they love practicing their sewing skills.
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Spring flowers are popping up all around our village.
These were blooming on our nature walk last week.
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Apricot cake for tea & one for the freezer.
I like to have a few cakes in the freezer in case of emergencies.
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Hand crocheted dishcloths.
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Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Brownies.
I used The Amish Cook's recipe from The Amish Cook's Baking Book.
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My love of antique linen's.
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An empty farm worker's cottage on one of our walks around our village.
I love to look inside & see glimpses of the former occupant's.
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It has the same window's as our cottage.
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Beautiful fireplace.
Each room has a faded glory to it.
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Old coat hooks in the round porch.
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Entrance way.
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Another old fireplace with Art Deco tiles.
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Beauty found in old age.
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The front of the cottage with round porch.
Around the property are beautiful old apple tree's.
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I love to make pie's from the many Amish cook book's I have.
One of our favourite's is Lemon Sponge Pie from The Amish Cook Baking Book. This is one of my favourite cook book's.
The twin's made some little jam tart's with the left over pastry.
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Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Cookies.
These were very healthy, the children loved them so we will be making them again.
The recipe is from Thy Hand has Provided Cook Book.
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Barm Cakes.
These are a very soft roll popular in the North of England.
We ate them with homemade Leek & Potato Soup.
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The girl's love to bake & quite often take over from me.
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I hope you all have a beautiful early Spring.
Thank you dear reader's for all kind comment's, I feel so blessed to have you all following me.
Fondly Michelle
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Autumn & Winter Days


Sitting here looking out of the window signs of Spring are everywhere, it has been a mild Winter here in England but I am still so glad & happy to see the delicate Snowdrops & Crocus's popping their jolly little head's out.
Most of these photo's seem so long ago. I have picked some of things we have been up to since August to give you all a little catch up & a few recipes too.
 Daily life is very busy but I am determined to keep up with the blog.
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Rocks Cakes are a firm family favourite so I am always trying out different recipes for them. This is a 1950s recipe.
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Cinnamon Rolls just before going in the oven.
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We visited a few places just before my operation one was Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.
It is such a magnificent Elizabeth Mansion.
Bess of Hardwick lived there, a friend of Elizabeth the First.
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Sidney took a photo of Andy & myself with the twins.
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There is a mill at Hardwick were you could go on a tour & buy beautiful bread flour.
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Hardwick's great kitchen.
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Victoria Sponge Cake ready for tea.
Named after our Queen Victoria, it was her favourite cake.
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One of our many Home School Crafts.
Autumn has so many beautiful colours.
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In the Autumn we had a visit to Beamish.
This is such a magical museum that we visit time & time again.
Our history topic then was The Victorian's so this museum was ideal.
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Cottage shots at The Miners Village at Beamish.
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These are cottage's at Home Farm at Beamish.
The farm is set during the Second World War where land girls stayed.
I can see us having a trip back there after September as that is when we start our Second World War Topic.
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The twins making a Church Window Tart.
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Embroidering a Victorian Sampler was part of our Victorian History Topic.
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Christmas Crafts.
The girls painted holly for their Christmas cards this year.
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Homemade Mincemeat.
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Sunday Teatime.
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As we were studying The Victorians we decided to make a Mrs Beeton's Mincement.
I have a Victorian copy of Mrs Beeton's book so we chose a recipe from there.
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A little stroll around the church yard.
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Snickerdoodles all lined up ready for the freezer to eat over Christmas.
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We took the children to a Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church which is the church in our nearest market town two miles away.
The twins rolled their own candles there, the church was beautiful all lit up for Christmas.
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A trip out to National Trust Belton House on a cold Winter's day to do the under stairs  Christmas tour.
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Look how big Charlotte has got, she will be one next month.
The twins are captivated by her, she's such a happy little girl.
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Mary reading Charlotte a story.
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More of the twins handmade Christmas decorations which were all Victorian inspired to go with our history topic.
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The girls all dressed up for our Home School Christmas Party.
We took them to The Petwood Hotel for lunch. This hotel is where the Dambuster Squadron met up during the Second World War.
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We managed to get a table in the squadron room were the squadron met.
This room is filled with so much history.
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Our Christmas Cake this year.
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A few days before Christmas we had a special tea as Dene & Ellie came to visit.
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Homemade Mincepie's.
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Kitty hanging her stocking up on Christmas Eve.
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Christmas Day, Kitty loved her book on Enid Blyton.
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Boxing Day Tea.
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This is how much snow we have had this Winter.
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Christmas Muffins.
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Gingerbread.
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Our Geography topic at the moment is canals.
We took a trip to Bardney Canal which is about 15 minutes away from us.
Water is always so peaceful, we had a gentle stroll & saw lots of wildlife.
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Ma Larkins Iced Buns.
This recipe is from Ma Larkin's (Darling Buds of May) Cook Book.
They were so good.
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Our history topic since January has been The Tudors.
We went down the road to Tupholme Abbey during the week we learned about the dissolution of the monasteries.
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Swiss Roll for tea.
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Last weekend we visited beautiful Thirsk in Yorkshire & revisted The James Herriot Museum.
This is such an interesting little museum.
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I'm always drawn to the kitchen's in museum's & this one is a lovely one.
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& the last thing I have to tell you is we have been blessed with another Granddaughter.
Matilda (Tilly) Florence was born on the 13th of February to Dene & Ellie.
Now we have two beautiful little Granddaughter's.
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The twins just love her to bits, Charlotte & Tilly is what they talk about all the time.
Dene & Ellie are wonderful parent's to this little girl.
Our family is growing & I'm so happy.
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I'm sorry it's been far too long since I did a post.
I hope you enjoy this catch up.
Fondly Michelle