It's been a really mixed bag of weather this past week, from days of full rain and the log burner being lit to t-shirt and sunglasses sunny days. Subsequently everything is growing at a rate of knots - including the weeds. Bah humbug! I am happy to report that the blackberries have started to turn dark and juicy which pleases Kitty no end.
This recipe is made fast and simple by using the high velocity blender from Sage Appliance, the Boss. This cuts down the time from cupboard to oven to around the 5 minute mark making it an easy bake that's bound to impress but with a fraction of the effort.
It's a charming book, the advice in it mainly still applicable now, the imagery very much of the time. An era where you could photograph a chimpanzee smoking a pipe and a raccoon kissing a small child. Fascinating to look through, oh to have been a photographer at that time, pre-Photoshop where the only way to get a shot of two rabbits sitting down for a cup of tea was indeed to sit them down and give them cups.
If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed that I delved into the world of Polaroid this weekend. I recently bought a second (or ninth) hand Polaroid 1000 Land Camera on eBay and have finally got round to giving it a go. In this post I am sharing some first timer tips, handy links and my first Polaroids, both the successes and failures.
There's more than an acre of mixed vegetables, soft fruits and cutting flowers in the Walled Garden and the Hill family who own Harptree Court cultivate around a quarter of this. The rest is cultivated by an informal village co-operative who grow vegetable, herbs and cutting flowers. The Hill family do not benefit financially from this arrangement, it just helps the local community whilst at the same time helping restore the garden to it's former glory - everyone gains.
First of all, throw away any pre-conceived ideas you have about glamping and yurts. Now, picture a large yurt, not one yurt, but a three pod yurt. Fill that yurt with beautiful rugs, Georgian antiques and a log burner. Imagine a kitchen, fridge, dishwasher, gas hob, silk. Sounds amazing doesn't it? But don't stop there, add a roll top bath, flushing toilet and sink. That my friends is the Yurt at Harptree Court.
Islabikes is a British owned company that make proper bikes for children. When I say 'proper bikes' I mean a quality bike that has been designed for them. A few weeks ago Islabikes sent Kitty and Ozzy their won Islabikes to try out and since then we have been heading out to the forest, putting the bikes through their paces.
The walk from the car park to the mound can either be along a wide pathway, or as we did, you can head off along one of the many little paths, forged by New Forest ponies and people over the year. It is an interesting and varied walk at the moment, as you will see below, starting off with ferns and heather alive with the buzz of friendly bumble bees leading to stark burnt gorse.
Just past Hatchet Pond in an inclosure along the B3055, on the right hand side, is where we love to walk and rides our bikes. The pathway through the inclosure is wide, the forest around it varied. A cooler and overcast afternoon with a few very light showers made this the perfect time to get out for a walk. This is my perfect weather, the state that suits me the most, and following a Sunday roast dinner getting outdoors for some fresh air and Photocise is such a good feeling.