25 January

Today is a soup kind of day. Not too cold, not exactly wet but damp and grey. I need something to cuddle me from the inside. I also do not want to have to go out or spend any money. Vegetable soup it is. An inventory of the vegetable rack, pantry and fridge has revealed ... Read More

23 January

  Whilst hibernation is, I believe, essential to prepare oneself for Spring, it is not a time to hunker down and stay under the covers until Easter. Unlike animals which enter a genuine state of hibernation with a drastic lowering of body temperature, reduction in heart rate and breathing and much reduced consciousness, the hibernation ... Read More

21 January

As I type it is fairly dark and very cold. We have a power cut. There is snow and ice outside and we are wrapped up in gloves, scarves, warm boots and the wonderfully named slankit. It was a planned cut so I knew this morning that any essential emails and messages had to be ... Read More

15 January

couple of days ago we decided it was time to give the fridge and freezer a good post Christmas clearout. No food was to be purchased unless absolutely essential, we were going to eat down the eclectic mix of bits and bobs. One particular favourite of ours is sweet potato and stilton pie. I know ... Read More

14 January

Rest and renewal. This is the time of year when we don’t tend to stray far from home, we don’t exactly hibernate but, like the bears and the hedgehogs and all the other mammals that bed down for the winter, we slow down, conserve our energy and plan for the spring. Look outside, the trees ... Read More