Staycation 2021 – Day 5 (Dojima Sake Brewery, Fordham Abbey)

Monday, 21st September 2021 – Dojima Sake Brewery Did you know that sake is now brewed in the UK? No? Nor did we until a couple of weeks ago, when I was hunting around for interesting places to visit on our staycation. It looked intriguing, and was over the same direction as Ely. We were…

Staycation 2021 – Day 5 (Ely)

Monday, 21st September 2021 – Ely After returning from Goodwood on the Sunday, Monday morning saw us getting off to a slowish start and heading east towards Cambridge and beyond. Our destination was the city of Ely, in Cambridgeshire. Now you may think “city = large centre of population” but actually what it means is…

Staycation 2021 – Day 1 (Tinwood Estate)

Thursday, 16th September 2021 In the face of Covid, and the resulting price hikes for any form of accommodation in the UK (because the owners/landlords know they have a mostly captive audience), we decided we would have a genuine staycation and would spend a week or so at home, going out for the day to…

Travel 2021 – Towcester Wildlife

Sunday, 3rd April 2021 – Towcester Ever since we locked down back in 2020, 13 months ago, we have been taking regular walks in the local parks, including the water meadows, and along the stream that borders the parkland next to our house. In all that time we have made occasional sightings of the local…

Food 2020 – Recipes (Easy Seeded Rye Bread)

Saturday 1st August, 2020 – Easy Seeded Rye Bread by Claus Meyer I’d been hunting around for a good rye loaf recipe, preferably similar to the sort of bread found in Germany, but I could only find sourdough recipes while digging around. We have enough animals in this house without acquiring a sourdough starter as…

Food 2020 – Recipes (Traditional Portuguese Duck Rice)

June 2020 – Recipes (Traditional Portuguese Duck Rice) I have long had a fascination with duck rice, having first eaten it in Macau many years ago. Since then I have been trying very hard to recreate it. It’s taken forever to find a recipe that looked even vaguely plausible, with the ones I’ve tried in…

Food 2020 – Recipes (Elderflower Vodka, Elderflower Cordial, Elderflower Fritters)

June 2020 – Recipes (Elderflower Vodka, Elderflower Cordial, Elderflower Fritters) It’s been quite a year for watching the wildflowers around these parts, and with elder (Sambucus nigra, otherwise known as elder, boortree, boontree, borewood, and even dog tree) growing rife along the streamside park that edges our property, and all around the perimeter of the…

Food 2020 – Recipes (Kanelsnurrer a la Meyer’s Bakery)

Saturday 20th June, 2020 – Kanelsnurrer (Cinnamon Swirls) a la Meyer’s Bakery If you’re Danish (or an enthusiastic foodie with an eye on the Nordic food scene) youll have heard of Claus Meyer, the other man who founded Noma, the one many people haven’t heard of, among other things, and who now has a small…

Travel 2020 – Towcester to Hulcote

May 2020 – Towcester to Hulcote, Northamptonshire Sunday mornings since the lockdown began have taken on a pattern of their own, with breakfast at around 10, usually a poached or boiled egg, with toast while we listed to the radio, followed by grabbing a camera, and a raincoat and heading out for a walk. There…

Food 2020 – The Folly/The Brothers, Towcester

Saturday 7th June, 2020 – The Folly/The Brothers, Towcester We have had a somewhat up and down relationship with The Folly Inn, our most local gastropub, over the years with some very good food and some that really hasn’t hit the mark, along with service that can be very hit and miss but can also…