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…a year in the country and a magnificent rainbow to celebrate….

….I can’t quite believe that it is has been a whole year since we packed our bags and travelled 3 and a half hours west from London Town to Ludlow.  The day we arrived at Hillpike last August was truly … Continue reading

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…a marmalade cake, an old embroidery, a little portrait and a naughty Jemima…

…stumbling downstairs early on Saturday morning I was greeted with a scene of devastation.  Not only had naughty Jemima ripped up an entire roll of kitchen paper, but she had become inextricably tangled with one of my bras – whilst … Continue reading

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…blue, blue Monday…

…I hadn’t realised it was Blue Monday until I found out from my friend Margot – I immediately spiralled into a bad mood and, sadly,  I think tomorrow may be even more dull as it won’t even have a title for its … Continue reading

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…my New Year and all its resolutions…

…for me, the optimism and hopes for the year ahead mean the 1st of January is a day of promise, excitement, cleanliness.  I suddenly rush to take down the decorations, discard  left over chocolates, clear the larder, start again.  There … Continue reading

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…a spot of Christmas bother….

…” ’twas the night before Christmas” and despite running out of oil, having no working Aga, no central heating, our truck breaking down and our heads full of cold, we are attempting to feel festive in our cold little farm. … Continue reading

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…a medieval fayre, four plump partridges, two pears and one new wreath…

On Saturday my friends and I braved the storm and floods to wander around Ludlow’s Christmas Medieval Fayre set in the grounds of Ludlow Castle.  With the medieval-dressed stall holders, hogs roasting on spits, mugs of steaming mulled wine, and … Continue reading

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…the shoot and a here hare here…

A few days ago I was visited by the Estate gamekeeper, who came to tell me that the pheasant shoot was going to be taking place very near the farm.  This morning, waking to the most glorious sunrise… …. and … Continue reading

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…pickled quince, an oil sketch and frozen fingers…

Earlier this afternoon, the low autumn sun was casting beautifully long, mauve shadows across the golden landscape.  Whilst my little boy was taking a well deserved nap, I painted a quick oil sketch en plein aire – it was too … Continue reading

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…homemade dough, mr pheasant and a burn…baby…burn…

My poor cub has managed to burn his foot today and so I seem to have achieved rather little, however, I have sketched an illustration of Mr Pheasant flying off to the office…. …and made a fresh dough to make … Continue reading

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“of pastures and animals, of microbes and time”

…so wrote Harold McGee on the sublimely delicious, diversely characterful and nourishing simplicity created by one ingredient – milk, and a little magic – cheese. Last night I spent my evening at The Ludlow Food Centre enjoying a delicious wine … Continue reading

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