This was not what was originally planned for today, but having shared pictures of the Gazpacho that we had this weekend, on Instagram and on my personal Facebook page, I was “inundated” with requests for the recipe. I hadn’t made it for a while because our tomato crop last season was underwhelming. To say the … More Gazpacho – easy peasy!
The Sandbag House and its surrounds are home to a number of feathered families, some of whom are more evident at this time of the year than others. The Swallows have returned Much like the human swallows that summer in our village, Jack and Jill are back. They have returned on the same day, 24th September, … More There’s just no pleasing some birds…
In addition to the bloomin’ heat, October is also the bloomin’ month for beautiful flowers, wind and hayfever (adult onset so very much resented and very ungracefully dealt with). This year, for some reason, the flowers in our garden have been magnificent. … More Bloomin’ October
A vinaigrette is essentially a mixture of oil and vinegar, and the base of many salad dressings. My mother taught me to make, a French dressing at the ripe old age of eight or nine. … More Versatile Vinaigrette
Last year we had an almost endless supply of gooseberries – notwithstanding the birds. This year, things have been a little different. … More Francolins, my dear, don’t give a damn!
A lovely bathroom is every (virtually) woman’s dream, When we looked at this house, I fell in love with the bathroom.
The Husband sighed. … More Bathroom Bliss
Following the recent visit of The-Son-from-another-Mother, a package arrived – from The Real Mother in the Wirral. … More Centuries and milestones
What on earth?” I hear my non-indigenous readers ask. I had never cooked with them, and had tasted them once, long ago, in a past life… … More Waterblommetjies
On a Saturday in early May, we joined a number of luminaries for a very auspicious event: the launch of Solara Sauvignon Blanc, our valley’s first certified organic wine. … More A sunny launch-eon
Our soil is rocky and very clayey. Certain root vegetables grow, but very differently from what one would expect. Short and stubby or a bit twisted. … More Cool carrots