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Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:08

Thanks all. Back to it this morning! Kitchen full of lovely smells, and creative use of a chair to drain the fruit for jelly!


Eeeek, I didn't think about having to have grown the produce! Just checked the rules and Pickles and Preserves can be from shop bought fruit and veg. Phew!

Picked a load of fresh blackberries and followed the recipe more carefully. I think I may have over boiled it last week. This time I trusted the timings and despite it looking really funny, the wrinkle test worked so I bottled it up. 

Im very excited about doing marmalade later! Not made it before. Tips very gratefully received! 


Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:55

Next Saturday Daintiness. Did lots of jams yesterday and just up early to finish off the Apple and elderberry jelly as well as the strawberry jam. Been soaking the strawberries over night. Not followed a recipe that does that with jam before so it may be off to the shops for more strawberries later!

On the song title front, I was going to go for a rose title, but I don't have enough roses left in the garden! So I'm going for Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken (Lay a Little Egg for me).  My dad has painted up a metal chicken and cut away the wire underneath so I can fill it with wet oasis and cover the body in cut flowers. I'm going to stage it on some turf, or straw, and put an egg next to it and a watch set to half past three. I have a vision, I just hope it works!

My mum has decided to enter one too and is going for either Green Green Grass of Home, or Tie a Yellow Ribbon. 

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 22:04

Exciting! I hope it yields well for you Jo47! 

Hmmm, I love a fig biscuit! Or fig roll?! 

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:50

Thanks Jo47. Has your Jerusalem let you down?


Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:32

I'd love a fig tree. Is the turkey one the best do you think? How long do they take before they fruit?

Monty looked very happy with his on Friday! 

pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:25

Me again! Found it. Not sure if the link will work but it was under a heading Oriental Poppy Problem.


pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:15

Hi Emma, there is a problem with poppies. It was in the press. I posted about it a while ago on here.  I'm not sure how to search for old posts though - soz. The symptoms are just as you describe. There is research being done on it.  You could try cutting the heads off. I'm afraid to say that the plants is likely to have had it though; according to the article. It was in the Telegraph Gardening section.


Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:39

I've been Jammin' all day! Started at 7.30am and just taking my apron off.

After much research, trials and errors, I've mastered (sort of!) most of my entries into the Preserves and Pickles Class for the village show next Saturday. I take pleasure in presenting (left to right);

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe but cutting corners!)

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe done correctly!)

Raspberry Jam (Dehlia Smith recipe)

Raspberry Jelly (Thane Prince recipe)

Mango and Greengage Jam (made up recipe - quite chuffed!)

Lemon Curd (Thane Prince recipe)

Lemon Curd (Mrs Beeton recipe)

 Tomorrow I'll finish off the Elderberry and Apple jelly, Strawberry jam and grapefruit marmalade. Then it's time to measure my cucumbers!! Can't wait!!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:24

Thanks Pansyface. We feel very lucky indeed to have him. 

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 18:45

Lovely pictures and stories. This is Mr Sydney who kindly let us adopt him from the Cats Protection League 11 months ago after we lost our beloved Pete the cat.

Mr Sydney is 8 years old and partially sighted and absolutely adorable. Full of character and a huge part of the family.


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