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Monday, 4 July 2011

A Glut of Berries ...

Well, I figured out just what to do with all the fruit we had leftover from pick-your-own yesterday, Genoese Vanilla Sponges sandwiched with berry preserve and whipped cream.

Even better, perhaps, was having a Monday morning off with my photographer's assistant ... who very patiently held my lens-cap, de-wrinkled back drops and held mint leaves with enthusiasm. He was amply rewarded though....

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Blogging Again ...

[So, I've decided to start blogging again ... my previous blog Fearlessknitting was all about living abroad and I loved writing up my adventures. Living back in the UK ... well ... it's been tough to keep on seeing life as an adventure in its coldest and greyest moments. Life, however, is all about attitude, not luck nor situation, so with that in mind, I'm going to start blogging about life in Oxford again... Starting with this Sunday:]

Pick-your-own seemed like the very best thing to do today, with one of those rarest of  Sundays free of both rain and obligation. So around noon, we headed out to Rectory Farm:

Up past the raspberry arches, pulling broad beans pods and fighting with small children for the  very best of the strawberries (damn their low centres of gravity ... )

Lunch ended up being a salad of shelled broad beans and peas with mint-rosemary dressing, all swirled together in a very hot pan with sharp, raw garlic just before serving. To bulk it out I halved an 'old spot' pork pie from the farm shop along with poppy rolls and butter. White wine would have been perfect but a glass of lime squash did the trick ... then I set about wondering what to do with all those Strawberries and Raspberries: