"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

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

End of Summers Country Walk, Preserving & Baking.


 The sun was shining, so out the back gate & across the grave yard to the country lanes we went.

The church path right next to our garden is such a magical place, full of imagination for children & so much history.
Can't you just imagine those fairies coming out of the trees.

Down the lane
Not many blackberries left now, so many have gone in to preserving in our home.

The wheat has long gone but the poppies in the field still hang on for the last of the Summer sun.

Across the field looking back at our little church, nestled down in the trees is our little cottage.
All I can see of home is the wood smoke coming from the chimney.

Back along the path to home.


A bit of baking

This is our twist on Empire biscuits, all ready for Sunday tea.
I made a wholemeal & a white cottage loaf, the wholemeal one was for tea to go with beef & garden tomato stew.

                Homemade apple & sausage rolls, apples are ending up in everything at the moment!

Freshly picked beetroot from the vegetable patch.
I was making beetroot pickle yesterday, a Christmas favourite.
All washed & ready to be cooked.

They have just been cooked & are ready to be sliced with the onions.
There was plenty of crying going on with slicing onions & boiling vinegar!
I used my collection of old English Kilner jars for this recipe as the pickle does not need processing.

                                                I made five 2 pint jars & one 3 pint jar.
                                                            How jewel like they look.

I managed to catch a photo of some the many squirrels that are gathering hazelnuts for the Winter.

Enjoy your day


  1. Hello again.. I feel like I have found a treasure in your blog as I love all of your doings.. I would love your recipe for your beetroot.. And your bread and cookies are awesome.. I made your cottage rolls before and we loved them.. We return home from our cottage next week and hopefully I will have more time for such.. Doing so many pickles right now.. smile.. I added you to my sidebar, too.. xo

  2. I would be so happy to send the recipe to you.
    Thank you so much for your kind words it means a lot & for adding me to your side bar.
    Can't wait to see your pickles.

  3. I'm exploring so glad to find your Blog!!
    So NICE ;-D
    Love Linnie

  4. The apple and sausage rolls sound so good! I will have to make those. What a gorgeous blog!

  5. Apple and sausage rolls--goodness I am craving that right now...LOL! Such beautiful photos:-)

  6. I love your wonderful blog, I found you by chance on instagram and popped over here. Your beetroot chutney sounds lovely would you mind if I ask for the receipe please? As soon as I started reading I thought some of your things were familiar so I looked through some old magazines and found your last beautiful home all decorated for Christmas . Im Jan_Nairn on instagram xx