June 28, 2009

As promised I thought I would tell how successful our Open Garden day was.  It was a fine and very sunny day.  John erected a gazebo, not to keep of f any rain but to keep off the sun!

We had put up posters locally  in Buxton and Bakewell and done a leaflet drop throughout Priestcliffe and Taddington.  We had encouraged all our friends and aquaintances to come along and they did.

Friends and neighbours looked after the teas, cake stall, tombola and plant stalls.   John and I seemed to mingle all afternoon and answer questions about the plants and garden construction.  We had prepared a board of photos showing the  ‘field ‘ when we first arrived and some of the stages along the way to how it looks today.

I was delighted some of my friends from Broomfield College Derby , where we did a part time RHS course, came along and made very pleasing comments.

Now for the result.  We made £500.00!

John and I took this along to the Buxton and District Summer Club and they were delighted.  It will be most useful in the financing of their holiday project for children with additional needs so we want to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who  so generously gave their time,talents and money.



June 9, 2009

The garden tis week

The garden this week

We are really looking forward to the coming weekend.  On Sunday the 14th June we are opening our garden in the afternoon to raise money for a local children’s charity who are short of sponsers this year for a summer holiday club for children with additional needs.  We look at our own children and are so grateful for their health and strength and it makes you want to help others less fortunate.

The garden is looking good with plenty of flowers.  We are well on top of paths and edges and after these current showers it is easy to weed.  The hens will no doubt be another attraction.

Lots of friends are willing to help with cakes, teas,  plants tombola and car parking so I am sure it will be a success, particularly if we are favoured with a sunny day.

Later we will post the results and some photographs.

Never mind if we missed Chelsea or Gardener’s World Live – Highfield, Priestcliffe will be a local alternative and at £2.50 including tea and biscuits it will be a bargin.


June 2, 2009

DSC_0005Do you make your own bread?  John and I do, and it oftens gets  comments at breakfast when guests have toast, butter and homemade marmarlade, after fresh fruit and a cooked delight.    We have been asked many times how we make it so thought you might like our recipe.   We go to the local mill to collect the flour and buy in decent sized quantities.

Either of us makes the bread, whoever is available when the need arises but we use the same basic recipe and where as I make up half for two loaves and then another two, John makes the full mix and gets four loaves – his hands are bigger than mine!

So the recipe for 4 loaves is:

750 g wholemeal flour and 750 g strong white flour

1 packet dried yeast      3tsps salt

4 tbsps olive oil                34 fl oz warm water (approx. depending on the flour)


Put first four ingredients into the Kenwood mixer, and then add the oil and finally the warm water.   Set the mixer going slowly and build up the speed for about 3 minutes.  Remove the mixture and knead by hand for a further 3 minutes.  ( this can all be  done by hand if you do not have an electric mixer).

Cut into 4 equal amounts and knead into shape, make some cuts on the top of each and place in well greased loaf tins.

Leave to prove for one and a half hours in a warm place, until doubled in size

Turn the oven up to 220 c for 35 minutes.  Take out the bread and cool on a rack.  The bread should sound hollow when tapped underneath.

Good luck – obviously you might need different timings in your oven but after a couple of goes you should reach perfection!