Jam for (almost) free.

The local hedgerows yielded 4.5kg of blackberries, so 2.5kg went in the freezer and 2kg went into making my first ever homemade jam. It tastes amazing, as long as you don’t mind the pips and will be topping my first ever homemade yogurt for breakfast.

Sunday night is…

Yes, of course, you know by now, it’s cocktail night and we have a new one for me, a Cosmopolitan. Made for me by Ags. Mmm, delicious

Cocktail season is back again

After a recent trip to Barbados where I quizzed the bartender for his rum cocktail recipe, I am unashamedly about to share it with you: 2 shots Mount Gay rum, juice of 1 1/2 limes,large slug of sugar syrup, dash of Angostura bitters, stir then top up with ice and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Taste … Continue reading

dress from scarves

dress from scarves

Meandering up Park Street in Bristol yesterday I came across two scarves in a shop selling shoes and other bits and pieces. They are oldish, silk, with hand rolled edges. £6.00 each or 2 for £10. OK not totally cheap but imagine the cost new! Got them back home and in a few minutes had … Continue reading

Cocktails

Cocktails

This week’s cocktail is… a summer Pimms.Yes, at last the weather showed up and a Pimms could be justified. This one was in fact served at the Bristol Botanical Garden’s Jazz picnic and was beautified with the addition of borage flowers. The traditional Pimms is made from 1 part Pimms to 3 parts lemonade. A … Continue reading

skirt refashion

skirt refashion

I got this size 16 broderie anglaise mini dress from a charity shop for £4.50. I thought it was worth that for the fabric as I had been thinking of making a lacy skirt. First I separated the skirt for the top: Then I inserted a small zip and took in the sides and back … Continue reading

Cocktails

Yes it’s Sunday again and time to try another cocktail from Chris’s cocktails book presented by Ags for Christmas. Today’s cocktail is… The Sex and the City Cosmopolitan. 1 1/2 parts vodka 1 part Cointreau 1 part Cranberry juice dash of lime juice Shake all ingredients with cracked ice. I can confirm that it is … Continue reading

Cocktails

It’s not Sunday without… a cocktail! Today’s featured cocktail is the Long Island Iced Tea.  This involved 5 different bottles from the drinks cabinet and proved highly intoxicating. Strangely, it tastes nothing like tea. The recipe came from the man’s cocktail recipe book, created by loving daughter and offered for Christmas along with a cocktail … Continue reading