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Happy New year one and all

The clock ticks us into 2017

Mum has gone mad. Its way past her bed-time, Jimi cat has been telling her to get upstairs for ages and she is prancing round my kitchen doing something she calls a Kylie. I think thats what she said. It seems to involve a lot of twirling and […]

a splutter of sparrows

Speugs

You fall like clouds for you are many,

you rise like dustbowls offered to the wind.

 

Dawn fills with your eager chatty clatter,

bringing to the world your scores of weans.

 

They beg with open mouths and shimmering wingtips,

shadow their fathers to a source of seed.

 

And as the feeder […]

Cordial intentions

wine bottle and fruit

Gorgeous gluts can be preserved for dark winter nights

Whatever anyone says about this season, it has been exceptionally good (in our garden anyway) for raspberries. Canes drape over our beehives, lurk under apple trees, pop out from shrubs and thickets and the fruit is so good. Towards the end of the […]

In full bloom

In full bloom

 

My year begins again in Bluebell wood

the foreground, thickly pollen-fogged

fills topaz hued and emerald bright while

humming bees sing canopies above, lifting

improbably fat queen torsos to sycamore’s sweetness

while thrush and blackbird lilt and warblers babble news

The first midges of summer dip

down to […]

Tiddler’s plum cake and a lemony leek soup

Winter days give me more time in the kitchen and reason to create calorific treats to heat us when we are working outside in the cold. So here is a sweet treat and a different kind of soup to try.

easy bake for a winter’s day

Tiddler’s plum cake

This is an all-in-one lazy […]

Post Christmas recipes and a wet nature walk

Like many I am feeling heavy after the Christmas fare, despite not eating a Christmas day dinner! There has been a long season of entertainment all with excess calories so I thought I would cook a winter hearty food and then go for a stroll to walk excess calories away.

Out into the rain then […]

Burns Night reds and blues

burns cottage ayrshire

The Aga and myself have spent most of our lives in a land called Ayrshire or Land o’ Burns. This, title, I am told, is not so much because of all the scorch marks made on neglected washing left on Agas, nor roast potatoes left for 3 days too long to wails from Mum when […]

Christmas crumpet and tasty tarts

gluten free crumpets

Some persons say cats and stove tops don’t mix. Such Bodies of little discernment miss out on learning our Kitty recipes. Being an Aga stove-loving cat, i am in the perfect position most days to learn masses of delicious recipes. I thought I would share some of them with you.

My Mum loves crumpets, […]