On our way home this afternoon after lunch with family we could see a rather nice sky developing as we drove near the River Severn at Arley. A quick diversion took us down to the river, where we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset, and mist forming on the river. With nowhere to park, and no time to set up my Sony camera, this was a quick shot using my phone…
On a cold winter’s day there’s nothing I like more than staying home and tinkering about in the kitchen. Today was an opportunity to make some bread (much better than shop-bought) and makes some preserves for Christmas. The plastic pots are Cranberry Sauce to accompany the turkey, and the jars are Chilli Jelly – perfect for Christmas gifts for friends.
I guess everyone knows about ‘The Elf On The Shelf’. This one is called Chippie and belongs to my one granddaughter, and the other granddaughter has one named Rosie… The trouble these elves get into!
It’s traditional to have Advent Calendars in December, where a little door is opened every day until Christmas Day, exposing a small gift or a piece of chocolate. We have our own version of this – a wooden Advent Calendar with little drawers, but instead of chocolate, each drawer has an inspiring quote or motto. The grandchildren love the idea, and re-using it each year avoids paper and plastic waste.
Although farming in this area is mainly dairy cattle, a fair area immediately around us is given over to growing Miscanthus, or ‘Elephant’ Grass. This is harvested, dried, and used as bio-fuel, but can also be used as non-synthetic bedding for intensive chicken farming or horses. The grass grows to around 2m tall, and after harvesting, grows again the following spring. This is some of the last of this year’s crop still standing.
This is a detail in our local pub – The Red Lion. The owners commissioned an artist to paint portraits of eight of the craftsmen who had been involved in building the new brew house, but in the guise of ‘monks’. These amazing portraits were then reproduced on the oak panelling around the walls of the old bar area.
I’m not a great fan of Black Friday offers – so many are not genuinely new or low offers, but couldn’t resist this bottle of Wildcat Gin. I’d been considering buying it for several weeks at its usual £30 price, so it was a no-brainer at £20. And it didn’t disappoint…!