Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lately ....

If we were hoping for an Indian Summer, then so far this month we have been disappointed.
The weather has turned decidedly autumnal.
Nevertheless, last week, optimists that we are, mr digandweed and I booked a beach hut at Wells next the Sea for the day.

Don't be fooled by these photos - the wind was very cold and the day was peppered by heavy storms!
Unsurprisingly, we had the beach more or less to ourselves.

But the inside of the beach hut was cosy and it was lovely being able to retreat inside and make a cup of tea.

Apart from a windswept time at the beach, there have also been some blustery walks through local woods.
At the end of this month, I am joining dear daughter on a 10 mile sponsored walk around the city of Nottingham in aid of Maggie's, so I am getting in some practice. 

Maggie's is a nationwide charity providing help and support for people with cancer.
They are beautiful, individually designed buildings situated within hospital grounds providing a 'home from home' away from the hospital ward.

When dear daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma this time last year, we were very grateful to have a Maggie's centre on the Nottingham campus.
They provided our daughter with financial advice, as well as support regarding hair loss and also put her in touch with another young woman going through the same thing.
During the long hours of chemotherapy ( 7 hours at a time), it was a lovely friendly place for me to pop into. 
There was always a warm welcome, a cup of tea and a place to eat my sandwiches around the kitchen table which forms the heart of every Maggie's centre.
A wonderful charity.

And back in the kitchen at home, I have been baking.
On a cold, autumnal afternoon, cake and tea is what you need!
This is a cake I made the other day: a sponge cake rippled with blackcurrant puree and baked in a bundt tin.

Hoping the week ahead is a good one for you.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

woodland walks and wild berries

It's September.
One of my most favourite times of year -
season of mists and mellow fruitfulness :John Keats
And as if on cue, this morning we woke to a heavy dew and mist hanging low across the fields.

These are photos taken on a walk that mr digandweed and I did the other day through Fineshade woods.

Often days that start off misty, turn into wonderful, warm and sunny Autumn days.
There's nothing nicer than seeing the array of seed heads, berries and hips that adorn the hedges.

And the most delicious of all, of course, the humble bramble.
Mr digandweed is a useful companion when blackberrying as he is able, due to his height, to reach the biggest, juiciest berries which would normally be out of reach.

It's no coincidence that apples and blackberries ripen at the same time, for what better combination could there be ?

A rosy red apple, baked in the oven and served with stewed blackberries and yoghurt makes the most delicious breakfast.

One of September's little pleasures!