Sarah and I are starting a blog…. so watch this space!

It has to be said that Autumn is rather wonderful this year in Sussex.  With early morning mists rolling over the lake here at Thimbles (and frustratingly impossible to catch on camera before the mist quickly disappears in to a mere vapour).One day i will get this on film (or digital!) along with the heron stealing our fish!

bill-and-ben-and-the-blackberriesimag0305Bill and Ben my very smart french wheaten maran cockerels have been up to no good. Here they are after glutting on my prize thornless blackberries, after they had had their full of my apples from the orchard.



Huge successes and disappointments in the Kitchen garden each year.  Never explicable either!  This year the sunflowers grew to 16 feet plus and I have no idea why, and never blew down.  I had to get the loppers on them when they gave up on their magnificent flowers.  As usual I leave a row of heads for the birds to gorge on, in the half hope they will prefer them to my kale.


Rather pleased with the radicchios lettuce this year (although not without complaint from the family for its bitterness).  Dahlias too! Whereas beetroot, which has to be the world easiest vegetable to grow, just would not, or not enough anyway.  Again delight from the family for the never ending beetroot and goats cheese pizzas and shockingly pink risottos!


butternut-squashWonderful butternut squash! but will they ever ripen in time?  Just wait for the pumpkin collection, but I am saving that for a Halloween blog

I really could ramble on but I won’t as its my first blog, but i do have to say it is horribly difficult to photograph chocolate.  Sarah’s serious chocolate orange for Fabulous bakes are simply divine (it really is little wonder that we have both taken up running and fitness – its called necessity when you do as much baking and experimenting as us).  Next week I will show you Sarah’s apple and blackberry cakes with crushed cobnuts on the top!  in the meantime, here is the choice orange sticks photo

Actually for all of you who are sad that the summer is over, get yourself some autumn and winter loving ornamental grasses.  Simply fabulous!  Bye

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Our patient and knowledgeable friend, Camilla, has helped introduce me to how to do this (all very technical).  She is great, see