Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Today I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I still look the same. My mind is willing but my body isn’t always able. Don’t judge people by their age or how they look and presume they’re okay! And if you see me and I’m struggling don’t ignore me! I am still me! Sharon x 22…

Clandestine Cake Club

Clandestine Cake Club If you still haven’t heard about Clandestine Cake Club you really are missing out… missing out on lots of cake as well as meeting lovely people who also love cake! It doesn’t cost money to join CCC, we just ask that you buy a couple of drinks at events to say thank you…

Edward 8th Post Boxes – EVIII

Edward 8th Post Boxes *Latest update 5 October 2014 –  92 EVIII post boxes found from our list* Post boxes are all around us but how many of us notice them?  We mainly see a familiar red and black post box.  They’re actually part of our social history, and they’re not all the same.  They all bear…

The Force is strong!

It’s that time of year again… our terracotta rhubarb forcer is now in place! Can’t wait to see the results in a few weeks time. Living in Yorkshire on the edge of the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ means growing rhubarb is a necessity!

Allotments are for Life not just for Summer!

It was a cold blustery morning on Saturday and definitely Welly weather on the allotment as it had been wet over the last few days. We appear to be a damp plot as mushrooms had appeared on our bark paths. Makes up for the summer drought! It wasn’t too wet under foot but Mr C…

Pumpkin and Apple Loaf Cake

When you have lots of apples and pumpkins from your allotment the best thing to do is bake a cake. Well you can only eat so much pumpkin soup and apple crumbles! First you need to purée your pumpkin. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. With a big knife cut your pumpkin in half,…

Roast Pumpkin Soup

Another pumpkin and another soup.  This soup was blooming tasty if I say so myself! Ingredients 1kg pumpkin flesh (1 medium pumpkin) Rapeseed oil 1 tsp Baharat  1 litre vegetable stock 1 large onion, chopped 3 sticks celery,chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 250ml unsweetened almond milk Salt and pepper to season…

Autumn

We’ve put the clocks back to GMT and we’re almost at the end of October. It’s definitely Autumn and Winter doesn’t feel too far away now that furry boots, woolly hats and gloves are back in fashion! There was a frost this morning so the nasturtiums and cosmos up at the allotment won’t have many…

October Flowers

Today I took a cup of coffee up to the allotment and I was amazed at all the flowers we still have in bloom on our little plot of happiness! Our pumpkins are still growing so we’ll probably harvest them at the end of the month.

Cream Of Parsnip Soup – With a difference!

Parsnips…  Until we got the allotment I thought they only came in bags marked Aunt Bessie’s honey roast parsnips. Well not quite… I knew they were like huge anaemic carrots but I’d never really used them in cooking. I’d once used them in a stew and wasn’t impressed as they were a weird texture. Our…

Tomato Chutney

So today’s alchemy was Tomato Chutney. This was quick and easy to make needing just a large frying/saute pan and a few ingredients. 1 tablespoon rape seed oil 1 small red onion 6cm piece of ginger 1 clove of garlic 1 Star Anise 1 Bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon black pepper corns 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed…

Allotment Open Day – August 2018

Tomorrow marks the start of National Allotment Week so we held an Open Day on our allotment site today. A huge thank you those who came today… you know who you are! It was ace to see lots of people around our allotment site. In winter we can go weeks without seeing anyone else. We…

Squash!

Our squash and pumpkins are growing well up at the allotment. The four squash plants in this bed were sowed very late in mid May but that’s not stopping them from romping away. We’ve lots of different squash and pumpkins growing this year. Our courgettes have been a bit slow but there are lots of…