Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing Day

After all the grey days and rainy weather it was a rare treat to wake up on Boxing Day with a cloudless sky. So after (a late) breakfast we pulled our wellies on and set off for a long walk through the orchards.  I know the Fens have not suffered as much as many areas of the U.K who are still really under pressure with the wet & wild weather, but for the driest part of England we've had a lot of rain.

It's like living back at the coast!

Canine apple bobbing

It was time Mortimer needed a bath

Harvest left overs


The large trees should be the farside of the dyke

Happy to be in the sun
Enjoy your Boxing Day!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Of freezing fog & mulled wine

On Tuesday afternoon a freezing fog rolled in across the Fens and on Wednesday morning the world looked like this:

Cold and grey

It didn't get higher than minus three all day and the frost stayed put.
Frosted forgotten apple

So naturally my mind turned to all things wintery & warm and my favourite mulled wine recipe was retrieved.

1 bottle red wine
300ml strained orange juic
100ml port or brandy
2 clementines studded with cloves
2 sliced apples
2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
25g muscovado sugar

Put everything in a large saucepan and heat gently.

In goes the wine

I'm feeling warmer already!

I think Mortimer was looking worried after we'd finished glass number two!

They will remember to feed me?