Another hectic week behind me and I am slumped on the sofa catching up with the world. I have spent this week fighting of the onslaught of yet another cold or something, while the hubby is stilling trying get rid of the first bout of seasonal colds and infections with a second course of antibiotics.
A week of very cold mornings, must the first week were I have had to actually de-ice my car in the morning.
Sat in the warmth of my living room sorting through my photos from last Saturday, I thought would share these for Macro Friday over on Blogging from Bolivia. Pretty little pink flowers and a bumble bees
What a gorgeous morning, the sun is out and we have our first frost of Autumn. We took a drive out to Polesden Lacey to wander around the gardens and grounds.
Even before we got into the gardens, there was a glorious display of rosehips(?) in the car park. (My ability to recognise plants is very limited)
The colour is what autumn is all about, especially in the sunshine.
It going to be so difficult not to get use to this gorgeous weather. Probably like most, I have had to dig out some of my summer clothing that I had stashed at the back of my wardrobe and re-do my toe-nails to make them presentable in flip-flops.
Despite this unseasonably warm weather, we have both been feeling below par with what would be normal seasonal coughs and colds.
We planned a visit to Winkworth Arboretum to see the autumn colours, but I think nature has been confused and it doesn’t know whether it is coming or going.
In a very curtailed walk we could see that some of the autumn colours are only just starting to appear.
Autumn is a upon us and we are enjoying some unseasonably warm weather in the south of England. Just in case, I was tempted to forget it is actually autumn the evidence is in abundance and can be easily seen.
Our neighbour’s grapevine has been growing fast along the adjoining fence and has started to invade our garden, which means we now seeing bunches of ripening grapes appearing.
Afternoon tea for three at Hatchlands Park, followed by a stroll around some of the extensive parkland.
We discovered this darling little foal in one of adjoining fields. She sheltered behind her mother for most of our visit.
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Tagged 2011, Black and White, Field, Foals, Hatchlands, Mono, Summer, Surrey
Today was the second day of three-day Thailand Festival at Secretts in Milford.
Beautiful orchids in an array of colours.
Lots of sumptuous and aromatic food being cooked.
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Tagged 2011, Annual festival, Cooking, Milford, Secretts, Summer, Thailand Festival
What a dreary and wet day. It’s been just so depressing. So I thought I would cheer myself up by making some Honeycomb Toffee (sometimes called Hokey Pokey in Cornwall).
I have never made Honeycomb before, but seeing it made in The Great British Bake Off on BBC One this week inspired me to have a go.
I wouldn’t have attempted this recipe without recently being given this sugar and jam thermometer from my Dad.
There are a number of recipes available on the internet for making Honeycomb Toffee, I eventually picked this one from Waitroses. Or you could pick Nigella Lawson’s Hokey Pokey, just for the fab recipe name.
To liven up the finish honeycomb I dipped them in melted chocolate. What have you been doing this Friday?
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Tagged 2011, Cinder Toffee, Cooking, Hokey Pokey, Honeycomb, Melted Chocolate, Nigella Lawson, Recipes, Summer