Monday, 29 April 2013

mr digandweed's birthday

 
 
Today is mr digandweed's birthday but he has to work and so he decided to celebrate yesterday with  a lovely meal and some special presents.
 
 
Dancing-girl and her husband bought him a beautiful clematis  ( a new variety called Spring Velvet) in a handmade bag. The bag, especially made by dancing-girl for use on the allotment, has his name printed on it!
 
 

 
 
 
 And singing-girl made a cake incorporating all the things mr digandweed loves best:
 
chocolate
cream
black cherries
and cherry brandy!
 
 
 
Meanwhile, mister fudge is making excellent progress on his grand adventure and after nearly 3 weeks is on the last stage, cruising along the River Nene.
 
He expects to arrive chez fenland lottie next weekend. We are preparing the bunting and welcome party!
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 26 April 2013

nearly the end of April

 
 
Finished!
 
 
 
 
Well. the potatoes at least.
 
Several weeks later than previous years, mr digandweed planted the last of the potatoes, a variety called Anya.
A cross between Desiree and Pink Fir Apple.
 
This is a new variety for us, so we are looking forward to trying it.
 
 
 
Also on the allotment, a dwarf plum tree, planted in memory of mum who loved flowers and plants.
 
 
I was a bit worried that this little tree was dead, because for weeks it was showing no signs of life, not even tiny buds.
 
 But all of a sudden over the past week, tiny little blossom have burst forth.
Beautiful!
 
 
 


Thursday, 18 April 2013

spuds

To be precise Charlotte, our favourite, and one of the first things mr digandweed and I planted when we got our allotment 2 years ago.

The tubers have been chitting on the windowsill for what seems like ages waiting for the weather to warm up, but finally it seems like spring is really here. (loud whoops of delight!)

We loaded the potatoes into my trusty old basket, which I have found really useful for transporting delicate items to and from the allotment.





Mr digandweed is in charge of planting the potatoes!







We are now looking forward to a harvest when summer arrives and although it is a cliche, the taste of your own potatoes freshly dug from the ground is heavenly!


P.S. You may remember mister fudge who bought me the muffin recipe book for Christmas.

 He has set out on an adventure, leaving his home in the West Country, to visit us in the flat fenlands, but instead of the usual 3 or 4 hours which it usually takes, his journey this time will last 3 or 4 weeks!

Read about his odyssey here.


Monday, 15 April 2013

finished!








Our lovely garden seat is finished and we are both really pleased with it.

The building of it was quite straightforward, apart from one or two moments involving an extra long drill piece and a roof joist, when, as builder's mate, I felt it best to retreat to the kitchen and make cups of tea all round! Mr digandweed gives it 9 out of 10 for ease of construction.

Now for some more nice weather so we can sit and enjoy it!




Saturday, 13 April 2013

yesterday .. April 12th

31 years ago April 12th was a Monday - Easter Monday to be precise.
It was bright and sunny, a slightly cold wind, but nevertheless a lovely spring day. For mr digandweed and myself it was a very special day, for it was the day we were wed !
Fast forward to April 12th 2013  and we spent the day in a very different way.
Yesterday's event involved


 various tools - including this really useful bradawl which was my dad's.


pieces of wood.


assorted screws



and lots of drilling


Several hours later and here is the result -




our anniversary present to each other.

Ok, so you will notice that we ran out of time and our lovely new arbour has no roof!
That is a job for tomorrow, along with painting it and generally making it cosy with cushions etc.

Then it will be lovely place to sit and read, have a cup of tea or just take in the beauty of the plants in our garden.

There will be more photos!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

bread

 
 
I love making bread, as you will find out if you read this.

I also love sourdough and have tried different approaches and recipes, but sad to say, it has been an on/off romance! Sometimes, my attempts produced a nicely risen loaf with satisfying chewiness, but other times, for no apparent reason, the starter turned from  sweet smelling yeastiness to downright unpleasantness overnight.

But time, I thought, to start anew and this recipe from Raymond Blanc seemed like a good 'not quite sourdough' compromise. Singing-girl, home for Easter, was keen to have a go too.

The dough starter didn't look too promising.


Neither did the next stage.


But singing-girl set to work kneading and had soon produced a lovely looking dough - all soft springiness, like a plumped up duvet.





We were both pleased with the finished loaf.

 
 


It has a nice chewiness and a good depth of flavour, due to the rye flour.

The recipe makes 4 good sized loaves - too much for mr digandweed and myself. Singing-girl is taking a loaf back and I hope the rest freezes well!