|He's desperate to play with Charlie, but he is such a little cat and Bracken is a very large labrador|
|But Charlie is as friendly as ever and is quite happy to sit with him....|
Their first trip once they had the car was the market. They wanted boots and chillis, just a few to spice up G's life, he likes a little on most things. We sent them off with warnings about what they might end up with, even now we sometimes get it wrong and have more than we bargained for. The boots were fine, onions a bit more tricky as the ready prepared bags still had to be weighed (we forgot to tell H that) before being paid for. But there was definitely a breakdown in communication when it came to the chillis and the handful they wanted turned into a carrier bag full. Not a great expense (about 80p) but a lot to find a home for. I took some of them and H strung some up to dry. Great fun.
|A carrier bag more than we needed|
Dave wasn't going to go out but did and came back with flowers, a plant and new cruet set for one broken that morning. Spoilt I am.
|Flowers from my husband|
We have had a couple of ground frosts this week so the dahlias have been dug up, but there are still flowers in the garden and a few lazy bees in attendance. The onions and garlic are growing a bit too vigorously for my liking in the mild (sometimes hot) weather, I hope they cope with being frozen for long periods during winter. The moved celery is looking perky and I am hoping for another week or so of growth before I need to freeze it, time seems so short at the moment. It should be fine with light frost. We had our first cabbage the other day, you forget how nice plain green cabbage can be when there is so much to eat that you leave them to grow on. I would like to make some sauerkraut again later but again, depends on time. The chooks are enjoying having the freedom of the lower bed for the winter, busily putting things in order but the ducks have yet to find the hole in the gate.
|Chrysanths in the garden|
|Hydrangea flowers in November|
|A dozy bee trying unsuccessfully to get inside a rose bud|
|This chrysanth was bought for me in early spring|
|Saw this on a visit to a friend's house, absolutely stunning|
This week I have managed to get the mincemeat and Christmas cakes made. I have enough marzipan for some but am hoping that the supermarkets will have some nice ground almonds to make more. Usually the ones we get are ground with their skins on, not too pretty in marzipan! Plenty of time for that.
|About twelve pounds of mincemeat...now depleted|
|Cake on the go, a slightly adapted version of James Martin's boiled cake|
But we had to try the mincemeat even though it is far too early, and made an apple, mincemeat crumble pie....just research of course. And made some mince pies for visitors.
|It might be early but these are delicious....and I went and gave most of them away!|
|Was lovely, our visitors thought so too|
The final thing I am trying is making apple cider vinegar from the apple peelings and cores. It's bubbling away and soon we will see how it is.
|ACV on the bubble|