Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Rosehip and apple jelly

I've gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, I post nothing much for over 18 months, and then two posts in one night! I suppose it's all about time, when you've got it, you should use it, which brings me to rosehip and apple jelly (neat huh?!). We have rosehips in the garden, there they are in front for the moobours:


and we have cooking apples from the tree that hangs over the fence from our other lovely neighbours, so I thought I should do something with them. It also gave me the excuse for getting yet another kitchen gadget!

I followed this chap's instructions. He explains things very simply, so simply in fact, that I was feeling confident!

I topped and tailed the rosehips, chopped up the whole apples, put them in the pot covered them with water and boiled the whole messy mixture up, just like that:


Then I used the newest addition to my kitchen gadgetry (is that even a word?!), a jelly sieve:
 
I put all the mush into the bag and let it drip through all day and all night:

 
It was a long, slow process, and I was very careful not to touch the bag, as it seems that squeezing the bag will make the jelly cloudy. All the juices had to be boiled up again,
 
 
with  sugar:
 
 
The recipe called for 1kg of sugar for every litre of juice. Luckily, I had exactly 1 litre of juice and 1kg of sugar in the cupboard. I am now the proud owner of four jars and one small pot of very set jelly:
 
 
 I can't quite believe I made this:


 

New neighbours, or should that be moobours?

We moved house in June, and we've gone from being townies to finding ourselves out in a tiny village (with only 300 inhabitants!). I can't lie, it's lovely. We are still finding our feet and the house doesn't feel like home yet, but we all seem more relaxed. The highlight of this week was meeting our new neighbours, who just moved into the field behind us. The Little People love running out to say hello to them as they peer over the hedge:






Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Old blog, new look...

A lot has happened since my last post, and I now have more time to go back to blogging (famous last words...), I really did miss it.

In an effort to get started I thought I'd start with the decor, gone are the kitsch cup cakes that I loved so much, but welcome to the far more tasteful (I think!) shapes and circles. More posts coming soon - really, really...

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Is it really 2012?

At the beginning of 2011 I had high hopes for blogging - I was going to post a photo every week, blog regularly and create a record that I could look back on, but as always life took over - what with ferrying two little people around, working, helping in school and starting an MA the blogging the cobwebs have taken over! Free time has taken a back seat, funny that!

I won't make any promises about blogging in 2012, let's just see how it goes. I have promised myself that I'll post some shots of 2011 soon - in May or June or maybe November, though I may surprise myself, you never know!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A day out

I took the Little People to Highclere Castle, near Newbury, yesterday. Everyone else was there to see where Downton Abbey was filmed, having not seen the TV series, we were there to see their Egyptian Exhibition (Highclere was the home of Lord Carnarvon, who financed Howard Carter's expedition to find Tutankhamun's Tomb). The exhibition is amazing, and the two little whirlwinds loved the house too as the stewards went out of their way to show them secret cuboards and hidden doors. They had a great time hiding in the rhododendrons as well, all in all a lovely day!

P.S While I was wondering around the gardens, I realised that my 52 photos project might just turn into a 12 photo project, so I thought I should get busy with my camera: