Beers with the beast 

A trip to Birmingham with Yann!  Following on from Yann’s recent diagnosis of dementia I am more and more worried about leaving him for long periods of time so Wednesday he was my plus one (well additional plus one as Alex was coming too) for beers and lunch with some good friends.  We dined in…

We all go a little mad sometimes

It’s odd! I’m sane and solvent but in December 2016 something happened, I don’t know what it was or is but something broke inside me.  I spent days in a daze, unable to concentrate or focus. Work seemed to consume me and home became neglected. Then the crying came! The absolute sobbing. There was no…

The perks of an older lady 

You know me, you follow me on Twitter so have heard me insane ramblings or maybe you’ve seen my photos on Instagram. If you do follow me on either method of social media you’d know about the old ladies in my life. Flo has been my partner in crime for years. She is an enigma…

Hedgerow Treasures 

You know it and I know it! I love Autumn it’s just a wonderful season. I’ve been raiding friends gardens, filling bags of Damsons, Plums and Apples plus rooting around in hedgerows for Sloes, Haws, Blackberries and Rosehips all of which have found themselves in jars filled with booze. I cheat with the Sloes and…

The Grand Hotel, 

We all love to be somewhere we shouldn’t! To peak through an door that’s rarely left open and today I managed yet again to have the chance to do just that! All other appointments cancelled I nipped over to Birmingham to take part in another Hidden Brum project and this one offered the chance to…

The Autumn Return 

I’m not sure about you, but I feel that Autumn has arrived, at least here in Shrewbury it has. I’ve had to dig out jumpers and make repairs where moths have ravaged through the knit, I’ve been cleaning out kilner jars ready for some harvested hedgerow delights and I have been chopping and stacking wood…

Spring

So I’m celebrating my first Spring here in Cherry Orchard and the garden is constantly surprising me 🙂 Admittedly the Bluebells are Spanish and the Yew completely over grown BUT the buds appearing on the Lilac are a sign of wonderful scented evenings to come! The garden is a hotch potch of plants, trees and…

The perfect Gibson

It’s good enough for Cary Grant in North by Northwest so it’s good enough for me! Sadly a trawl of the cocktail bars of Shrewsbury left me Gibson less! In the 4 places I attempted to order one, 2 knew exactly what I. wanted but there were no Silverskin Onions available, 1 x barman had…

Tea

A string or bad luck and bad news just doesn’t seem quite so tough to deal with when you have a mug of tea clasped firmly in your hand! Tea solver of fights, fixer of hearts, friend to all

Wednesday Supper

Tomorrow I’m driving to Reading! It’s for a 1 day conference which will either motivate me or force me into the kitchen to bake (which is what I do when the World is not quite right) Anyway I wanted a hearty supper tonight to see me through to the buffet lunch tomorrow (An arrival at…

New Year

Blah, Blah, Blah I’ve made no New Year resolutions. No promises that I will break easily but I have decided to be a little more dedicated to cooking. January 1st we made a Vasilopita or a Greek New Year Cake. A light sponge cake filled with citrus peel and hidden inside a coin which brings good…

The countryside of London

It’s been an age since I last visited my blog in fact too long! I guess I’ve grown too lazy or too busy to update it as much as I would like. I find myself feeling the same way with my Twitter account, I find i have spurts of enthusiasm of use & then a…