Friday, 11 October 2013

It's here!

I was doing a spinning demo at a needlework festival a few weeks back, which generated a lot of interes - lots of folk stopped to talk about he wheel, wool and all sorts. One coupled had a wheel they were looking for a home for, so I expressed an interest. It was picked up for me today, and is now sitting here in my kitchen.  It is unique.  Made in 1946/7, just after the end of the war by this mans father for his mother. he used what wood was available, said J, and it looks for all the world that some parts may have been a chair.  It's a beautiful wee wheel and I'm really looking forward to giving it a try out at the weekend. Cost was £20 plus some eggs, redcurrant jelly and a jar of marmalade :)


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Quince time

I  have a good crop of quinces this year, and have just picked the first test quince

Nicely ripe and well-scented, destined for quince brandy and membrillo. Looking forward to winter!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Getting ready for winter

I know there's still a bit of autumn still to go, but I'm always looking ahead, while living in today. With this in mind, I tidied up my wee sitooterie and gave it a sweep, sorting plants and bringing some back indoors.  Looking forward to a few more cups of tea there before the weather turns.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013


- again!   I loved this, happened this morning.  A few days ago I ordered some dyed Shetland rovings for spinning and they arrived this morning. I had the computer on as I was opening the mail, and just as I  ulled the wool from the packaging a FB friend of mine posted up a photo of a painting in exactly the colours that were appearing from the envelope.................... here they are, painting by Zinovii Sydoriv

I was going to write incredible, but it's not really, the universe just works for those who believe it does :)

More adventures in the brewery

I have two gallons of cottage cider ready for the demi-john today, and enough apples to immediately get another two on the go - free apples for the picking up of at my favourite nursery, where I also got a free plant :)

Yesterday I started some honey rum and some pomegranate vodka, which is a new one to me. I also made some more NEPP (not enough pea pods)  wine; I bought a bag of peas, shelled them into the chicken casserole last night and the pods went into the brewpot with several bits of fruit that needed using up. I find that these wines are usually very good but there's never any chance of replicating them. To me that's a good thing, just enjoy what's on offer at the time, there'll be another one just as good coming along soon!
Autumn abundance, love it. Rosehips next.


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Food yards

This was supper tonight - from plant to plate in 15 minutes, from a few yards up the garden. Served just with plenty of melted butter to run down your chin :)