|Globetrotting Percy Pig birthday cake -
celebrating my 51 years in style!
|Scotland vs Wales - a pretty close-run match,
but Scotland triumphed eventually
|Malaysian rugby players: happy to be part of
the Commonwealth Games - regardless of the result
|Also entering into the spirit of the games were these
kilted buskers outside Ibrox underground station. Who
knew Glasgow even had an Underground?!
|Looks as if this Tayberry must be in love...|
|Our soft fruits were particularly prolific this year - loved
this vibrant photo so much that I've made it the cover
photo on the Square Sparrow Facebook page
|Blackcurrants were in abundance again... Couldn't bear the
waste, so I tried out a blackcurrant cordial recipe
|After the cordial had run through, I started to mash the residue in the
sieve and made some blackcurrant coulis, too!
|Didn't have any sealing bottles for the cordial, so my purple elixir
had to go in a Kilner jam jar instead.
|The last of the strawberries, raspberries and Tayberries
went to make fabulously red fridge jam
|Our babygrapes - currently looking like a 3D scientific model!|
|Home-grown courgette and tomato gratin - mmm...|
|Hessian bags - perfect potato storage|
|Spot the green wedges - shame on you McCain !|
|Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, reader:
he's wrapped it in an empty Cheddars packet...
|But to my delight, the gift wasn't actually a packet of
cheese'n onion cheddars... (much as I like them!)
|Our two trusty trugs|
The recent spate of spring-like weather (interspersed, it has to be said, with weather more reminiscent of mid-November) has inspired us to rummage around in the garden shed and unearth (metaphorically speaking, of course – eccentric we may be, but we don’t keep earth in our sheds…) various horticultural accoutrements in anticipation of getting the garden “sorted out”. Obviously, we are kidding ourselves here, as the weeds that inhabit our garden are generally more than a match for HunterGatherer and his shining hoe, but he likes to consider himself a valiant slayer of chickweed.
|Seeds of hope|
|At least the spinach is growing well!|
|Nectarine bush in full bloom - Vinnie the vine looking dead!|
|My favourite kitchen appliance|
|The cosy bar at The Grouse and Claret|
|Canapés in abundance... Don't mind if we do!|
|A mountain of cake|
|The dark blues on the advance|
|Tired but happy :-)|
|Ready for some lambing action|
Of course, I blame my mother (aka SuperGran) for my obsessive hoarding. At the bungalow where FarmerBruv and I spent our entire childhood, the rafters used to creak (and still do!) under the weight of all the sentimental essentials stashed away in her attic.
|Excuse me - where's the snack bar?|
|FatCat enjoys birdwatching too...|
|She was quite cute back then ;-)|
|The polytunnel is like a canvas awaiting paint...
(or rather plants!)
|The ewes are due to lamb in 6 weeks so
are lying down more often
|Our snowdrops are in full bloom|
|The crocuses (or croci!) aren't far behind|
|Even the daffodils are sallying forth|
Finally, in other news, Yours Truly is seriously chuffed to have been asked back as one of the guest bloggers for this year’s Crail Food Festival. As you may remember, last year’s assignments took me to two very different (but equally wonderful) local food producers, Seriously Good Venison and Pittenweem Chocolate Company. Needless to say, this eager foodie is on the edge of her seat waiting to see where she’ll be assigned in 2014. Bring it on!
|The fruits of my labours at the Chocolate Workshop...|
|Appropriate decoration in the Seriously
Good Venison office