Tuesday, 19 September 2017


In our dining room, we have a little used, hand-painted oil lamp. On certain days, when the sun is in the right place, it strikes it to create rainbows on one of the doors:
And if we open that door, it lands on our store cupboard:
Just lovely!

Monday, 18 September 2017


Despite using a codling moth trap, the little blighters got to our apples and there were few that were unscathed. However, bad bits cut out, we have been eating our own apples for 6 weeks now. The red pears have all been eaten during that same time period.

Saturday, I picked the rest of the Egremont Russet apples - our favourites - but they have been badly affected. Here they are, steeping in cold water and vinegar to get some of the bugs out and drowned:
I  used some of the worst affected this weekend in an apple and blackberry crumble. They just have the most amazing taste.

Our Comice pears are starting to fall so guess they are ready. We found these 4 on the ground this morning. Only slightly bruised:
There are another 21 left on our little trained tree, our best year ever! We reckon they will take us a few weeks to use so shouldn't need to begin buying fruit again maybe until mid October.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Upcycling finished

First of all, welcome to Charlotte Musha via Bloglovin.

DB has taken less than a week, to upcycle our old style Singer machine table and metal/wooden bench, see this post. Herewith the new version of the table:
It will be used for potted plants throughout the warmer months. Although we forgot to photograph it, the Singer insignia on both sides of the legs has also been highlighted in red.

Herewith finished chair:

As you can see, he has also highlighted the decorations down the side of the chair in red. Although they are now in two different places as opposed to next to each other like before, they are just lovely and a real addition to both the front garden and back patio.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!