Picnics and harvests

Today we decided to walk to a local village along the Public Footpaths.  It’s about a 40 minute walk and the sleepy village has the River Skerne running through it.  It’s actually the river that runs along the bottom of our field.  There’s a lovely green area next to the river and the railway line, so we took a picnic for lunch and enjoyed some family time relaxing by the river and eating some treats for lunch.  We thoroughly enjoyed it as did the dogs.  We could only take the 2 younger ones as Buddy can’t go far these days.  It does make me laugh when I wonder what people will make of us, turning up in jodhpurs, gardening clothes and mucky faces from the morning’s jobs.  They will soon find out if they speak to us they won’t find a more down to earth family, but I do think our “work clothes” would stop a lot of people doing that 🙂
 
My beautiful daughter and a tired Rodney
 
You can see that smile too, right?
Jack was mightily impressed that he found a sticker which he was sure would lead to treasure!

Rodney enjoying the walk

 When we got back it was time to get on with some more jobs.  Grace had rode both ponies on the morning and had put the jump back down to jump the dogs over them to have some fun whilst she was waiting for me.  There’s a large tree and part of it had come down whilst we were out walking.  It was super windy, but I’m glad it didn’t come down whilst she was riding!

 
I harvested lots of yummy food from the veg plot to have for Sunday lunch.

I couldn’t resist taking this, such a pretty sight or am I cracking up?

Dwarf beans, lovely!

Purple podded peas and late picked broad beans

 Whilst tea was cooking, it was time to make sure Buddy got a walk out too.  He doesn’t go on a lead now, ever.  It was part of what I wanted when we moved away from a main road.  He doesn’t go far and isn’t the fast dog that he used to be.  The lane in the background is literally outside our gates.  We’re so lucky to be able to open the gates and let him have a wander.  Grace makes sure he’s safe and I’m sure he keeps an eye on her too 😉  Both under my watch of course.

 
I always like to look for the silver lining and today’s wind brought lots of windfall apples!  SO you can guess what recipes I am looking for tomorrow.  1 full bucket and 1 1/3 full.  I think they are all cookers.

 

Today’s eggs haul

This is my first attempt at plaiting onions  Maybe they needed longer to dry out but I couldn’t wait.
 
Last of the year’s rhubarb

Oooh and 4 sleeps left until my last day, 5 until I’m waking up off work! 

April showers

Today has been a lovely and sunny day up  until tea time when the wind and rain started.
It gave us more than enough time to ride the ponies out and get a couple of outside jobs done. Grace and I gave both ponies a good groom before going in for tea and a little baking session. I made some flapjacks which more often than not I forget I have put them in the oven (yes I used a timer and still manage to forget) and tonight was no different. They are mostly still edible but I could kick myself. I always do that with rice pudding too!
Looking out from the front of the farmhouse, we have some new additions in the field. They are not ours I hasten to add, but it’s lovely to watch these cows frolicking around although the horses weren’t keen on them!
Finally before bed time, Ste made jelly with the kids which I am sure they will enjoy tomorrow when it is set.

Goose egg lemon drizzle cake

We are off together for the weekend and Easter Monday. It’s been lovely to have some time together even if the weather seems to be against us. It’s been raining and wild with the wind so we haven’t managed to get too much done outside though yesterday the kids and i managed to go for a lovely walk.
The horses were done first thing today and they got an hour out each before the rain hit.
We had to pop to the shops as we are decorating our first room and need some wall lights. We didn’t find any lights we liked but we did get some strawberry plants, 2 rhubarb plants and another raspberry stick. So I was quietly pleased despite meaning we still need to go out to find some blasted wall lights we like.
Instead of being outside, which is always our first preference, I did some baking. I made a lemon drizzle cake using one goose egg and 1 hens egg. Oh my it is fantastic. Now it might just be Mary Berry’s recipe, but I like to think it was the goose egg that made it the nicest lemon drizzle cake I have ever made (also the only ;)) I also made a mackerel pate type thing which was a hugh fearnley whittingstall recipe and it was nice but Ste thought it was just glorified tuna! I have a simnel cake in the Aga now which says 5 to 10 hours in Mary Berry’s book so I shall see how it turns out after 5 hours. I don’t fancy staying up until midnight to wait for the 10.
Tomorrow I am making Easter lunch for my family and in a few weeks we will do it for Ste’s side. It’d be too many in one go. Fingers crossed it turns out ok! Happy Easter all.