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September 2015

Not too cool for a cucumber

We’ve had spectacular late-September weather, with lovely warm sun and blue skies during the day. On a day like today, I can’t quite believe …

Blackberry and honey pancakes

These fresh blackberries, picked from the hedge yesterday, were destined to make a small batch of jam. But when I came down this …

A perfect Sunday roast chicken

I’ve recently discovered Home Farm Shop, in the next village, Kingweston. I’ve seen the sign before, as I’ve raced towards Castle Cary …

Fashion Week: a review

We’ve just had London Fashion Week, so I thought it fitting to show you who was on the ‘Best-dressed in Butleigh’ list this September. Check out …

To marrow is another day

It comes as something of a relief that I haven’t had a glut of courgettes. Despite growing two plants – which got …

Beanguine

When runner beans escape being picked (they’re not called ‘runners’ for nothing) they can suddenly grow Very Big Indeed. When this happens …

Nothing beets…

… a plate of home-grown September salad when you’re feeling a little lacklustre. Crunchy, tasty, bursting with vitamins and minerals. Here I’ve mixed freshly …

misty morning

I do love this time of year. Here’s some late-September views around the garden.

My Little Unicorn

This year I only got one plate-worthy corn-on-the-cob. From ten plants this was a bit tragic, to say the least. The plug …

Sloe Gin: Mothers bruin’

We’ve been out in the Devon countryside today, picking sloes, the fruit of the blackthorn tree. We’re going to make Sloe Gin. …

Hosta la vista, Summer

The Hostas and roses might be on their last legs, but there’s still plenty of colour around the garden.  Some bees are still busy, …

It would beetroot to refuse

MNM is a whizz with the juicer. I’ve already featured the delicious juice he made with celery. Scroll down to read his …

Beetroot to your roots

I love beetroot, either cooked or raw, thinly sliced into salads.  Goats cheese, beetroot and pine nuts are pretty much an all …