"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, 20 August 2014

Summer's End & Harvesting


Canning Applesauce.

We picked our first apples of the year from the tree in the chicken run, we had to be quick as the hens were enjoying the first one's to fall.

                     This is our solid fuel range, it does our cooking, heating & hot water. 
             I love my Esse range, although this time of year it does get so hot in the kitchen.

The recipe I always use is from the Ball Home Preserving book, this book tells you all you need to can & preserve.
I use a mix of Kilner & Mason jars which I get from America.
All done, 7 pints of applesauce for the pantry shelves.
We try to can & preserve as much as we can from the garden.

Summer's End in the Garden.

How I love our garden with our pretty church next door.
We have many fruit trees & an Old English walnut tree.
I feel like I am in a period long ago when I am in the cottage & garden.

Pretty soon all those leaves will be falling, I love Autumn.
Our old pear tree.
I will be making pear butter with them.

The sweet peas have done so well this year, one of the best smells in the world.

Another apple tree laden with fruit, these will be made in to apple butter.

A favourite fruit cake of ours.

I love this old cook book from Ruth Mott.

Do you remember The Victorian Kitchen & Garden.

We have the box set of dvd's to watch this Winter.

 A rustic cobb loaf for tea.

            The twins love decorating cakes & baking. At homeschool they do a lot of baking.

Gingerbread, another recipe from the wonderful Ruth Mott.
This is best to keep for a week, so we will enjoy it for Sunday tea.
A trip out to Helmswell Antique Centre, the biggest antiques centre in Europe.
We found some vintage buttons, green being Mary's favourite so we will have to find something to knit for her so she can have some of the green buttons.
The twins love going antiquing & they came home with some vintage dolls house furniture & an old Enid Blyton book.
I found this lovely old sewing basket.
We have another engagement in the family, our second eldest son Harry has got engaged to his lovely girlfriend Kate.  How times flies, it seems not long ago he was a baby.


  1. Hello Michelle.. Just wanted to say that I am so happy I checked my followers and found you there.. Your blog is lovely and I see we are doing the same type of chores.. I so love your stove and have admired that type for many years. Almost everyone uses electric here in Eastern Canada... I will keep checking by and thanks for following my blog, too..

  2. Hello Faye,
    Thank you for your kind words, this is all new to me & I am learning as I go along. We have had our stove for over a year now & it is a different way of cooking, I was determined & got use to it quite quickly. Most folks use electric or gas in England to cook on.
    I really enjoy your blog too.

  3. Hi!!
    Our apples in NY are not quite ripe, but I am looking soo forward to picking up "wind fall". We live in the midst of an 800 acre apple orchard and we can have all the wind fall we wish!!
    I am enjoying all your lovely images!!
    Hugs Linnie

  4. PS I LOVE RUTH MOTT and have that book and others too!
    (I was addicted to watching her on You Tube (and the Victorian kitchen garden) until it was removed :-(
    Hugs Linnie

  5. We have three different apple trees, one ripens really early & one is still full of apples. I will be doing apple butter from that tree.
    Oh to live in an orchard & such a big one, we have quite small orchards in England.
    Fondly Michelle

  6. We have just bought the box set of Ebay, it is waiting for Winter to be watched. She is another lady that lived to a grand old age.
    Fondly Michelle

  7. Your home and its setting is idyllic! You are doing just fine--more than fine--with your Blogging. You are a natural. After I read through it, I go back and do the slideshow so I can enlarge the photos. I don't want to miss a thing!

    Congratulations of your son's engagement. So you have two weddings in the future?

  8. What a lovely home you have, Michelle! I took note of your comment on my blog and glad you came over. Your blog looks like a keeper.

    1. Thank you so much Jean for your kind words.
      You blog is beautiful, I have it added to my side bar so I do not miss a post.
      Have a blesses Sunday.
      Fondly Michelle