Simple April Blessings

A short post this week, but just enough time to count our blessings. The sight of purple Crocuses, opening in the sunshine. The touch of the first butterflies, dancing through the air. The smell of freshly picked Rhubarb, destined for a crumble. The taste of Purple Sprouting Broccoli, a surprise and a treat ! What…

New Year, New Life

This weekend we had our first trip to the allotment of 2014.  A combination of high days and holidays, work and weather had kept us away for several weeks, but it felt good to spend time in each others company again. The purpose of our visit (as well as the harvesting of some Carrots, Parsnips,…

Rookie Rhubarb & Chilli Chutney

The end of July signaled the last Rhubarb picking for this season, and despite there still being sticks a plenty for the eating, we must now leave it to rest and rejuvenate until next year. This batch of Rhubarb was destined for chutney, and I scoured books for an easy recipe for a rookie to…

The Fruits of Our Labour

  As well as Strawberries, the other fruits on our allotment are beginning to swell, with the Gooseberries, Raspberries and Apples not far behind.  Our Gooseberries are well netted to keep the birds off, and now the Raspberries are starting to fruit (despite supposedly being an Autumn variety), they will need netting too.  We’ve had…

Rookie Rhubarb & Ginger Jam

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with our allotment grown Rhubarb for the last few weeks, as Mr O can’t eat the stuff.  I settled on jam, as I figured I could eat this at my leisure, or give it away if it turned out, well, like jam.  After doing a bit…