Well that's it done and dusted for another 12 months - thank goodness. Please don't misunderstand, I do enjoy the festive season - some bits of it anyway. In particular I love to cook and silly season gives me an opportunity to make more unusual things and to really push the boat out a bit. I was also delighted to be able to put home grown parsnips and brussels sprouts on the table for New Year's dinner along with a plum tart made from plums my sister in law gave me in the autumn.
Alas our potatoes did not last beyond a month - well I knew I hadn't planted enough, but it's a definite delight to traipse over to the allotment and still be able to find stuff to eat. Leeks still to harvest and looking good and a couple of celeriac waiting to be picked along with two quite small turnips. I know it's not quite being self sufficient but this is the first year that I have actually managed to produce something through the winter season so I feel like I have progressed a lot.
On the downside and talking of over-indulgence, we had three days in a row of eating out at relatives homes. Which ended up as three Christmas dinners in a row and then I spent an entire night unable to sleep due to headache and totally bunged up plumbing (mine not the house).
What are we all about?
The focus of this blog is simple - and that's the goal too. A more simple way of life. A life in tune with the rhythms of nature and of human nature. Where everything has its time and place and purpose, including us.
We have left the rat race behind and taken on new challenges. We aim to tread as lightly as we can upon the planet, to reconnect with nature, to eat good food, drink excellent wine, enjoy the best of company.... even if that is sometimes just our own! Please feel free to eavesdrop from time to time on our lives and see how we are doing and if you are ever in Extremadura... drop us an email and we'll give you directions.