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Homemade Blackcurrant Jam

Until last summer I’d never made jam, but after moving to Streamfield and inheriting a vegetable patch and fruit cage bursting with a wide variety of fruits, I’ve had to learn pretty fast.  The weather over the last few weeks has been incredible and this year … Continue reading

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Pan Fried Wood Pigeon Breasts with Rocket and Mixed Salad Leaves

This simple meal takes 5 minutes to make and tastes absolutely sensational.  It’s currently in season, and one of my favourite recipes when I want something hot, nutritious and quick.  I’ve served with home-grown salad and Baby Tom Tomatoes from my garden. Ingredients … Continue reading

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Delicious Homemade Raspberry/Blackberry Vodka

With the nights drawing in and a definite autumnal chill in the air, I’m beginning to turn my thoughts to Christmas and making my favourite yuletide tipples – Raspberry and Blackberry Vodkas.  They’re incredibly simple to make and taste delicious, and the perfect nightcap … Continue reading

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Growing Heavy Cropping Peas, Broccoli, Russian Tarragon, Dill And Wild Rocket From Seed

I’m a “real grown your own” fanatic, but sometimes in life things don’t quite go according to plan!  In early May I planted broccoli and wild rocket in my veg patch and waited patiently for my seeds to burst into … Continue reading

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Hen Mauled By Fox Requires Urgent Medical Attention

The Story So Far At 7:45am on Tuesday morning, a fox entered our garden and killed Rosemary, our Light Sussex Hen.  Bluebell (pictured) was also attacked but mercifully managed to escape despite losing a great many feathers.  Why I Decided … Continue reading

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Fox Fatally Attacks The Hens

However, experienced you are at Hen Keeping, nothing is worse than losing one of your brood.  This morning our worst nightmare came true when Rosemary, my daughter’s Light Sussex hen (pictured at the top of the photo) was snatched from our … Continue reading

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Easy Peasy Home-Made Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial encapsulates the perfect English summer, it’s so quintessentially English and so easy to make!  On a hot summer’s day I love nothing better than the clink of icecubes, the smell of elderflower and the fizz of sparkling water.  It’s so refreshing … Continue reading

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