|Come with me... into the green...|
This field is an endless source of pleasure to me. We're blessed to have this right on our back door step and I never get tired of it. I watch the seasons change by it. I walk off bad moods in it. I breathe in it. I go blackberrying and foraging in the Autumn in it. My kids have grown up making dens in the hedgerows and hiding in the barley on the perimeter of the crops. My numerous cats over the years have struck fear into the hearts of multiple generations of voles and field mice in it! It's my little piece of heaven just yards from my back door. My house may be tiny – but I can't see myself wanting to live anywhere else but here.
Look how the shadows are lengthening – these photos were taken at around 4.30pm – how wonderful it is that the days are getting longer now. I can't wait to get out into the garden when I get home from work.
I cleaned out the coop this afternoon, ably
The bin bag full of spent sawdust and straw was lent an investigative foot by Leia – so tipping over the bag and spilling stuff all over the gravel. She also took a liking to the bag of barley straw and gave that a good kicking too!
|Hiyeeeee-YAH! Take that!!|
Betty decided that I wasn't spreading the new sawdust quickly enough and also lent a
|What? I'm only trying to help!|
Hattie merely looked on with disdain
|Get on with it woman!|
|You've missed a bit! Down there look!|
Whilst dinner was cooking this evening I decided to make the most of the warm oven and threw together a brownie mix. These squidgy calorie-shocker slices of indulgence are a firm favourite in our house. I've made them so many time now that I no longer need to look at the recipe.
I always mix cakes/make bread/pastry using my late Nan's Pyrex mixing bowl. She had it for so long it was probably insured against Viking raids but I absolutely love it and use it at any opportunity.
Anyway – I'm rambling again.
I have to sing the esteemed Mr O's praises at this stage because I learnt a little bit of magic from his latest
You can do this^^^^^^^^^. Wow eh? It moulds perfectly. I was so impressed! I don't get out much though.
Then... splat 250g room temp butter into your bowl and stir the chopped choccie into it so that it
Then, 6 level tablespoons of cocoa powder. Mix thoroughly.
Add 200g sugar (I've used caster sugar but it works just as well with granulated. Use golden caster sugar if you have it but I've never been precious about me sweetening agent!)
Then, add a pinch of salt, and gradually beat in four medium eggs. Stand back, admire your handiwork, pat your hair, adjust your vintage pinny and look particularly smug if you have just retrieved said eggs from your own coop full of delightfully splendiferous chickens.
Finally, add 4 heaped tablespoons of self raising flour and mix, making sure all of the mixture is comple combined and looks glossy and decadent.
Utilise this lull in proceedings wisely by licking your fingers/bowl/utensils/bits spilled out over the worktop due to vigorous mixing.