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…

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…

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…

Easy To Make Crochet Tote Bag

I wanted a handy bag, something that I can take shopping or up to the allotment. Something bright and cheery and washable. I couldn’t find a pattern… so… ta dar! I made my own pattern. My pattern follows UK crochet terms. If you are in the USA a TR crochet stitch is your DC. When…

Small Crochet Rainbow Pattern

❤💛💖💚💜🧡💙 My first post for a while and I find I’m in an unrecognisable world. Covid19 has shut the world down and most countries are in Lockdown. Here in the UK children have been drawing rainbows and hanging them in their windows. It started so that they could look out for rainbows in windows while…

Flower Mandala Crochet Pattern

I wanted a quick and easy flower mandala pattern and this is what I came up with. Ch 6 slip stitch into first stitch Ch 3, make 19 treble crochet into centre of starting circle Ch 3, 1 treble crochet in next stitch, ch 2, 1 treble in next 2 stitches, ch 2 and slip…

Banana and Apple Fruit Cake

Mr C is recovering from having his Appendix removed a few days ago. The really sad news is that we have a few bananas that have gone very evil! I’m not a fan of ripe bananas and over ripe ones are just plain evil! There were also a couple of apples that looked in need…

Ginger Cake

As you know I love hiding vegetables in sweet treats. We’ve had success with courgettes, beetroot, pumpkin and parsnips… what next you ask? The humble potato! I baked this cake in a tin I recently found in a local TK Maxx. It’s very similar to a Bundt tin but cannot be called a Bundt as…

Zesty Parsnip and Honey Cake

The combination of parsnips and honey instantly makes me think of roast dinners and comfort food and especially Christmas Dinner! We’ve had a mixed year on the allotment with our parsnips in 2019. Partly my fault as I didn’t know parsnip seeds weren’t viable for more than one year so not many seeds germinated on…

Autumn Allotment

Today at the plot it was all about weeding and sowing. We had a plan to work to and I had a coffee to start the day. Luckily the weather was on our side and it was a bright, sunny day that actually felt quite warm in the sunshine. Thermals and woolies were worn and…

Spiced Pumpkin Syrup

Over the last few years we all seem to have fallen in love with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Pumpkins are everywhere at the moment which means it’s autumn so here’s the perfect recipe so you can make your own syrup. Use in coffee or hot chocolate or add to some agave or maple syrup and pour…

Autumn 🧡 Harvest

I love every time of the year up at the allotment. There’s always sowing, growing or harvesting going on. Though nothing can beat our harvest in October when squash and pumpkins are ready! This year’s results are fantastic if I say so myself. The hard work that Mr C put into 4B in the spring…

October sunshine and a bright blue sky

What a beautiful day… hey hey!! It’s been almost two weeks since I managed to get up to our allotment. What dreary grey wet and dismal days we’ve had recently. Today it has turned colder but it was a perfect autumn day to go and catch up with some allotment jobs and a bit of…

Leek and Pea Dumpling Curry

I found this recipe from online Delicious Magazine I wanted to try it because we could use lots of home grown veg from our allotment. The curry itself was lovely but our dumplings did collapse and become very watery. We put the pan back on the hob and removed the lid, they soon plumped up…

Courgette Scarpaccia

Working through all our lovely courgettes from the allotment one meal at a time! I found this recipe on the Olive Magazine website. It states that this can be sweet or savoury and that it’s a kind of Tuscan pancake/tart hybrid. As for Scarpaccia… it apparently means ‘Old Shoe!’ Basicaly it should be as thin…