Preserving

Preserving

I have had a great summer. I must thank all my volunteer fairies for without them I would not be able to do all that I do. No way. There are so many tasks that take hours and hours to…

Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest

I really try and make the most of summer…it is the most productive time of the year on our property. A time to restock the larder and discover new foraging opportunities. During summer I think about water a lot. Every…

Human induced

Human induced

More and more people from all sides of politics are feeling anxious about the really serious science of Human Induced Climate Change. And more and more people are taking action. Could 2019 be the year when we see large scale…

Tomatoes and Gnocchi

Tomatoes and Gnocchi

I have had a really lucky month. I planted dozens and dozens of tomato plants in spring. My plan had been to grow enough tomatoes to make a year’s worth of passata. But I had grown far more than a…

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

There is so much work being done. My motivation levels continue to be high. My energy levels rise and then fall. This is a brilliant time of the year, summer is so bountiful I want to make the most of…

Edible Flower Mezza Luna

Edible Flower Mezza Luna

I have received some very lovely emails asking me to post pictures of the patterned pasta I made last year. Here in this post I am re-publishing pictures of the Mezza Luna ravioli Ahlia and I made over a year ago…

Ruby wore Calendula

Ruby wore Calendula

Last summer I made rose petal tagliatelle. Rouge coloured dough sweetened by the natural sugars in the petals. For the Swiss Italian Festival I had decided to make rose petal tagliatelle for a singing and dancing event I had organised….

The best gift

The best gift

The best gift… rarely comes wrapped and under a tree, but takes the form of wild flowers discovered.  On my way to Isabel’s house for tea.                                …

I had hoped

I had hoped

Before Ahlia was born I imagined what kind of a girl I would like to have. I had hoped for a courageous soul full of vitality and energy, enthusiastic and eager to learn. I had come to realise that learning was…

Mezza Luna - home made pasta

Mezza Luna – home made pasta