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When am not doing the everyday stuff of life i am making things. Or thinking about making things....

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Mostly outdoors

We've taken the opportunity to be outside when the sun shines as the weather has still been so mild. We went to a fab bonfire at the allotment with nana oatcakes and lucky mark who were visiting.There was some mulled wine too and we burnt alot of the fallen trees and waste wood on the site. The bonfire was spectacular!


Next day a super sunny walk over the local fields. It was muddy and mild and windy and there were lots of fallen trees to climb on.i also awarded a foragers badge to the kids for sloe picking! Its been a bumper year.

More sloe gin coming up and a Liqueur de Boisses, sloe liqueur from Diana Henry's book "Salt, sugar, smoke" . A super book with lots of unusual recipes in it. I also see River Cottage Booze is out..... If anyone wants to buy me it for xmas...... Just sayin' !!!!!


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Mostly Batty

I am not a huge fan of Halloween but I do concede some handmade decorations and dressing up. We made this lovely bat based on an Usborne craft book. In fact we made two bats! Particularly fine fangs....

Stokie Bloke carved a great pumpkin this year with minimal swearing! It was based on Jack, the Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of my favourite films and film score.

Poor face paints, sorry kids but good cat and skeleton outfits at least. Onesies that can worn all winter.
Rubbish pic but cute cat and strange ginger witch in the background!!!!!
The boy lost another front tooth so looked rather vampirish!
Moving away from Halloween, I picked all my medlars this year, a great crop, to ensure against squirrel attack. I am trying to blet them at home now so hope it works or the whole lot will be wasted. I have never tasted one so I am really looking forward to it.
There was a request for chicken noodle soup last weekend, and luckily I had some chicken stock in the freezer. Along with some chilli peppers from our bumber crop, chicken, mushrooms, japanese rice noodles, I had a few last greens from the garden. It was declared yummy by all. Hurrah!