D is for …. Dahlia #LindasA-Z



Okay……so perhaps you’re thinking this is more like dirt? Well, you’d be right at the moment but there is a dahlia lurking under there somewhere, promise.

Dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are amongst my favourite flowers. Big and in your face, small and shy, spiky or round, I’d have trouble telling you which was my top choice. We have planted one in our new garden but I can’t remember what sort it was (already, it’s my age) so am looking forward to it coming up and hoping I like it!

In our old garden we had a big spiky orange dahlia which used to take over the whole flowerbed and attack the postman on a regular basis. I’m sure if it was transplanted to the new garden it would seem far tamer given the size difference in the gardens. I’m hoping that whatever does come up does have attitude though!

In the meantime here’s some lovely dahlias in the gardens at Pecorama which are far more attractive than a bit of dirt!


This post is part of Linda’s A-Z Photography Challenge.


C is for …. Cheese and Chilli Cream Tea #LindasA-Z

Whilst I wouldn’t turn you down if you offered me your yummy packet of choccie biccies or homemade cake, savoury goodies are my real weakness. With this in mind I decided that C in Linda’s A-Z Challenge had to stand for a lovely cheese scone bathed in Philly and chilli jam from the South Devon Chilli Farm. We were lucky enough to visit the farm last year and that was where I tried my first savoury cream tea and where I first tried their chilli jam. I’ve been addicted ever since (SO nice on a cheese sandwich) and fortunately we can buy it in town at Champers Deli. I Googled a recipe for cheese scones (without cream as I didn’t have any), found a very easy BBC Good Food one and Bob’s your uncle (well, he’s my dad actually), here they are.


If you’ve never tried a savoury cream tea, I wholeheartedly encourage you to ditch the jam, cream and arguments about whether Devon/Cornwall style is best and get some cheese scones in the oven – I also recommend you eat them straight from the oven….but that’s just me.


Foodie Photo Challenge – A is for Asparagus #A-ZFoodiePhotos

The first ever results for our foodie challenge are IN! Back in April we decided to do THIS and we have been busy!

Linda kept her dish simple and, with asparagus being so delicious, I really can’t blame her.  Her asparagus was lightly sautéed in butter with a grind of black pepper – my favourite way to cook it too. She’s blogged about the results HERE.  And here’s her asparagus sizzling away in the pan.


Frances came up with a delicious looking family feast with her asparagus frittata which I think I’ll definitely be trying to replicate some time in the future. Makes your mouth water just looking at it doesn’t it?


Kev and I had an asparagus and ham risotto. Yes, know the garlic bread looks like the main feature but it’s actually strategically placed to cover up the fact I put a little too much liquid in with the risotto. Still tasted great though!


Already looking forward to seeing the results for B – Butternut Squash. Ready, Steady, Panic!






B is for …. Bean Babies!

I did have a thing about Beanie Babies a few years back, but these are FAR more satisfying, cheaper and won’t end up going dusty!

Having a larger garden is turning out to be good fun. Kev spent the day outside making wooden borders and this morning I’ve been TRYING to pot on the seedlings we have been growing in our new “greenhouse” (plastic tent type construction from Wilkos). I’ve been trying to make paper pots but so far they’ve been pretty unsuccessful. First YouTube video I tried to copy he obviously had a far superior (longer) paper than our local freebie and I ended up having a hissy fit and “recycling” my attempt part way through. Second one I tried copying photos which involved cutting down paper and rolling it around a bottle. Should have read through to the end before starting as I should have had a bottle with a concave bottom and mine was flat so everything just uncurled the minute I let go. Bah.

BUT, our baby beans are doing wonderfully! Runner beans are my absolute favourite so I’m really pleased that they’re coming on so well. Kev’s going to build a cane construction so we can get them planted out soon and then bring on the sun (please) and get them going!


B is also for birthday and today is Linda’s birthday. Happy birthday to her and thank you again for the great photo A-Z idea – see Linda’s blog for more details.

A is for……Arachnids

No offence to spider lovers but…..Eugh!

Spiders aren’t my favourites and this past week I’ve, unfortunately, managed to come up close and personal to some quite big ones. I’ve been working on clearing out the shed at the bottom of our garden. When we moved, back in August last year, everything just got dumped down there and we haven’t done a lot about sorting it out since then. I had a bit of spare time last week so I went down there to make a start. I quickly discovered that it was a bit of a spider haven with lots of them dashing away the second I walked in there. It’ll be fine I thought and (very) bravely carried on with my task. I was going very well until I found a brand new set of lolly makers – the type you put juice in and then put the stick/lid on and freeze yourself. Ideal I thought. Take those in the house and get some on the go….. Then one of the lids fell off….. and inside was a MASSIVE spider hotel (webfest? creepycastle? leggylair?!). Ew, ew, ew! Needless to say, we’ll be buying from the ice cream man from now on and not making our own.

Of course what do I find at work the following day? This book…..


Even if  you have kids and still don’t recognise this book I’m sure you’ve seen the name of the author before, although you may not immediately recognise it. Eric Carle is THE author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Didn’t realise he’d written more books? Well, not surprising really as that book is, undoubtedly, his best known.

Eric was born in New York way back in 1929 and has worked as an author and illustrator since 1966. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is in fact one of more than 60 books in which he’s taken some part, either as illustrator or author. All that hard work and I bet when people meet him at parties all he gets to talk about is THAT caterpillar, which he wrote about back in 1969! His latest book is a collaboration with 14 book artists to bring us What’s Your Favourite Animal? which was released this year. Wonder what Eric’s answer would be to that one?! Spiders isn’t my answer….


This post is part of Linda’s Weekly A-Z Photo Challenge

Selfies – the results are in!

Did you manage to do a whole month of selfies throughout April? Hope so! If you did, like me and Linda, please get in touch and let me see!

Have to say I quite enjoyed the project and liked being back to taking a photo a day following the 365 Challenge of some years back. I’m now looking for new challenges involving photos to take part in – please let me know if you do any or know of any I might be interested in. I’m looking forward to our monthly cookery challenge (see previous post) and looking forward to hearing more about Linda’s weekly photo alphabet project too.

I don’t like taking photos of myself any more than I did at the start of April and am no better at it, but there’s some very nice memories looking back over the month. Particularly like the photos of me and family and friends – took several shots of me and my nephew bursting bubbles before I found one where it didn’t look like I was poking him in the head though!!

Without more ado, here they are……

April Selfies 2