a pretty week

Rose petals for rose syrup and rose gin.

Rhubarb cooked in blackberry gin, which gives it a beautiful colour and doesn’t give you that furry tooth feeling after eating it.

Flowers from the garden

A pile of granny squares, which gets bigger each week.

Practising some different breads for Open Farm Sunday* when I’ll be grinding some of our wheat into flour and making bread.


and the not so pretty …

A toad that was disturbed during some yard clearing. This one took ages to move away, perhaps slightly shocked by the lump of concrete that had been dropped to the ground inches from its hiding place.

* To find out which farms in your area are taking part visit www.farmsunday.org.





6 thoughts on “a pretty week

  1. Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    Beautiful pics, Anne, including the toad – I love toads! Those roses ready for turning into syrup / gin look make the most perfect summer still life. Must try the rose syrup as also your elderflower syrup which I note you can freeze – very practical as I’ve found it hasn’t kept very well when I’ve made it in the past. Interesting about the rhubarb becoming tamed by the blackberry gin! What a good idea. How do you make blackberry gin? I tried a recipe years ago and it was a spectacular failure. Something tells me you are the person to ask! Have a lovely weekend! E x


  2. knitsofacto says:

    You capture life’s abundance so well, and I LOVE the rhubarb and gin tip! The rhubarb is apparently rampant at the PYO farm down the road and I am intending to do a lot of bottling etc. etc..

    Good luck on Sunday 😀


  3. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Good morning Anne. What a lovely collection of good things! Your granny squares are beautiful. The bread looks awesome, Open Farm Sunday sounds like a lot of fun. PS Yes, my tart pastry is high in sugar…it is quite crisp but as I said I am not a pastry making expert & I stick with this recipe because it is reliable 🙂


  4. Jane says:

    Rhubarb cooked in blackberry gin! This is why I love your blog so much 🙂 Beautiful pictures, even the toad has his (her?) charm. Love the granny squares too.


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