the turning of the season

Summer has made a welcome return over the past few days, after a long spell of very unsettled stormy weather. We still have a lot of flowers blooming in the garden, but there are hints that the season is changing. Some of the plants, like these aquilegia, had their moment earlier in the year, and … Continue reading the turning of the season

weekly photo challenge: twist

We planted out our tomatoes yesterday. We have grown some from seed, but these were bought as young plants from the spring fair at nearby Chanteuges a few weeks ago. I have been covetously eyeing these spiral tomato supports in other people's gardens for a while now, and this year we finally decided to buy some. I … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: twist

everything is blooming

We've put in lot of hard work with the garden since we moved, and this spring we're really starting to see the results. The picture above is the first of our fruit trees to blossom this year. It's an apple, Belle de Boskoop. Our Reine de Reinette is not far behind. We have a couple … Continue reading everything is blooming

sloe brandy

Today was the day for making this year's batch of sloe brandy. We found a big patch of blackthorn on the route of one of our regular walks this spring, and we've been watching closely as the fruit ripened. Here are the assembled ingredients - it's basically just brandy, sugar and the sloes. Even I … Continue reading sloe brandy