Saturday, 16 October 2021

It's Saturday Once More

I've not had flowers on the table for a while but after the first frost on the car windscreen on Wednesday I brought in the last of the roses to enjoy for a few more days.
 
 The weather was good for gardening on Monday and Tuesday and I was able to get all sorts of jobs done. So the sand that was under the slabs where I'm putting the 3 Minarette Apple trees has been put on the veg beds to be raked in later and  the weed suppressant membrane has gone.  Someone commented that the space half prepared for the trees isn't big enough, but the trees on order can be planted just 2 feet apart as they grow straight up with hardly any side branches. 
 The pepper plants and aubergine are now all finished so the pots from the greenhouse have also been emptied onto the veg beds  and behind the shed there was a heap of small bits of turf which had rotted down so that soil has also been put on the veg beds too. (I'm glad I didn't order two builders bags of top soil as BiL reckoned were needed, because one was plenty with all the other additions)
Then I got busy out the front cutting back some of perennials.
 
There has been much talk of the Government "saving Christmas" this week.............Christmas ๐ŸŽ„comes in a truck apparently, trouble is there's no one to drive them. (This isn't a sudden problem - for years there have been warnings about aging drivers (like aging farmers - the average age of a farmer is already around 60).
This reminded me so much of the famous Christmas ๐ŸŽ„episode of  The Good Life. Margo's Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ is delivered in a van on Christmas Eve but when the Christmas tree ๐ŸŽ„ is 6 inches too short she sends the whole lot back. There are (shock horror!) no deliveries on Christmas Day ๐ŸŽ„ so Margo and Jerry end up next door spending their day with Tom and Barbara.๐ŸŽ„ Here the Christmas crackers are made from newspapers and have no snap so they have to shout Bang! instead, but the company is so much better than their usual Christmas ๐ŸŽ„and it all ends happily........of course.
 I'm just so thankful that my Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ isn't waiting to be delivered in a truck and I don't need anyone to save Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ for me.

Friday was another good day for getting things done as Brother -in -Law came over to put new tyres on my bike. When he was looking after it while I was moving between holiday lets he'd pointed out that the tyres looked pretty bad so I'd eventually got around to buying new and he was able to get them sorted. While he was here he also drilled some holes in the bottom of a huge plastic pot so I could re-pot my Olive tree and then he managed to get the wooden shuttering out from around the greenhouse concrete base. I'm pleased about getting that done as now the wood can be used for edging a new raspberry bed. Lots of work needed to make it........removing turf and digging etc but I'll get there eventually.

 
This week I'm grateful for.............
  • New Grandson arriving safely
  • Being able to help out with some Nanna duty at short notice
  • Getting some gardening done 
  • New tyres on my bike
  • Help from BiL

I do love it when something unusual happens. I glanced up Friday afternoon just at the sun was sinking behind the houses out the back and spotted...............


 Not a common sight for Mid-Suffolk.

So the weekend is here again......... starting with the car boot sale of course, not many left now before they finish for the winter.

Have a good weekend

I'll be back Monday
Sue


Friday, 15 October 2021

Spindle tree

First of all I must say Thank you to everyone for the good wishes for the new Grandchild. All being well we shall go down and visit in November.

 

The other day I took my camera for a walk so I could get a photo of this Spindle Tree.



 
 
Hardly noticable most of the year it suddenly glows pink in the sun when the four-lobed fruits appear. When the the lobes open they have small round orange seeds inside.

The Spindle or Euonynus europaens has a hard straight wood that was used for skewers and toothpicks (it was often called the Prickwood tree), viola bows, pegs, knitting needles as well as drop spindles for spinning wool from where it gets it's name - possibly originally from the Netherlands where it was known to be called Netherlande Spilboome in 1568.
 
All parts of the tree are a strong purgative and were probably used in folk medicine. The berries were baked and powdered and then rubbed into hair and onto animals to get rid of lice.
 

I can't remember seeing this tree as a child when we walked to school and on footpaths to the woods and first came across it when a new hedgerow was planted alongside a road near the smallholding.
The one I photographed is also in a mixed hedgerow beside a road and there are a few more much the same size, so I would guess these too were planted here about 25 years ago.
Because of it's Autumn display it is also often planted in parks and gardens as a decorative tree. It grows to about 20 foot tall and makes a large shrub rather than a traditional tree shape.

Of course it gets a mention in Cecily Mary Barker's Flower Fairy Books.
 


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Sue

Thursday, 14 October 2021

New Arrival

Alfie Jake -  Grandchild number 5 put in an appearance yesterday morning.

The second child for My Eldest Daughter and her husband in Surrey and  little brother for Eldest Grandson.

Not sure when I'll get to see him for real - hopefully not too long.

Good grief - five grandchildren all under under 5½ years old!

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Sue

PS Thanks for postbox comments yesterday and apologies for not replying - I had to go over to the coast to do some after-school Nanna duty.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

More Post Boxes

 Continuing on my search for different post boxes............

This one is from Diss in Norfolk outside a Post Office that is still a Post Office - a rare thing nowadays when they are more often shoved in the back of a shop.

Dual Aperture pillar boxes were first introduced  in1899 to separate 'town' and 'country letters in London. This one below is much more modern but would have originally had a label to say 'Local' above one slot and 'Other Areas' above the other. 
I assume that mechanization in sorting and automatic recognition of post-codes means that there is no longer a need for post to be pre-sorted.

 


 Also in Diss.............. this is a very modern plastic or fibreglass post box. These are made for standing out of the weather often in Supermarkets, shopping centres, airports or hospitals. This is in the entrance way at Morrisons.


 
Many thanks for all the comments yesterday - all interesting.
 
 
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Sue


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Knowing Your Onions

 If you go to Morrisons in Diss and want to buy onions that are English and not in a plastic bag - Sorry you can't.

The loose onions are from Spain and the English onions are packed in a plastic bag.

Blurry but it Does say Spain - honestly.

The Union Jack says they are grown here and the label says Norfolk. Why do they have to be in a bag? that's what I want to know.

I choose the Norfolk onions and the bag will go in the rubbish which goes to the incinerator. But which was the right choice??

 
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Sue

Monday, 11 October 2021

So What Excitement Did I Find?

 On Saturday I said it needed to be an exciting weekend so as to have something to write about. Nothing very exciting happened but I'll write about it anyway.

It started with a visit to the car-boot sale of course and typically, as I'd not bothered to go early, there were more people selling than many other Saturdays......wonder if I missed any treasures?

I bought a witches hat and broom for 50p each - (these are for me! ready for Halloween as apparently its a big thing in the village so I thought I'd better join in!), 3 Christmas doodling books for the oldest grandchildren for £1 each ( I suppose I should have bought 5 ) and a quad bike toy to go in the car box for 50p - something different for youngest Grandson to find when he next visits.

 

Next stop was the garden centre for a couple of bags of compost for the place where the three Minarette apple trees will go and I had a voucher in my purse for a free coffee in the cafe. Had to add a cheese scone of course as I'd not had breakfast.


 Then after a quick trip into town I went home. Where I found BiL had left the crowbar outside the front door so after my lunch I lifted the 5 slabs and wiggled them out of the way. Now I've got to wait for my garden waste bin to be emptied today because the wheelbarrow is full of rose prunings waiting to go in the bin and I need the wheelbarrow to put the sand in that was under the slabs, so I can shift it elsewhere (?)(long sentence!). Then it will just be a case of cutting out the weed suppressant membrane and putting the compost in where the sand was and waiting for the trees to arrive.(well done if you followed that)

This is the "halfway through the job" photo

Sunday was Eldest Granddaughters 5th birthday party, I got a ride over to the coast with  Son, DiL and the two smallest grandchildren. Youngest daughter had invited most of the reception class! but there were even more children there  than she was expecting.Luckily it was at a social club in a big space so there was plenty of room for the bouncy castle, all the parents and too many small people  but............  it was a bit LOUD! DiL said she wouldn't be doing the same for Youngest Granddaughter's birthday and I don't blame her one bit!

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Sue

 

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Second Saturday in October

What a week of mixed weather we've had. Sunny and cold, very very wet and then milder but cloudy. 
I've not  been far at all this week, I had no idea what the petrol station forecourt situation was like so thought I'd hang onto my diesel.
 
On the dry bits of the week I shifted some more soil from the builders bag out the front to the veg bed out the back - the job's nearly done.
 
Then I  made a start on one the garden things I wanted doing - seeing as I can't get a man in to do small jobs it's down to me! I've removed the two bullies of climbing roses  and the honey suckle that had mildew which were on the other side of this trellis. I've left a Jasmine there as it's not so vigorous.
   I now need to take up the 5 paving slabs from the patio side of the trellis and cut away the membrane that's underneath. This will give me space to put in 3 of those Minarette Apple  trees that grow straight upright. 
I've ordered the trees which are bare-rooted and will arrive sometime after the end of November. Now I 'just' need to borrow a crow bar from BiL, shift the slabs, add some compost and dig the holes.
The "after" photo will follow.............sometime!
 
A couple of weeks ago I found three more early Ladybird books for 50p each at a  boot sale . I'm sure we had all these back in the day and the puzzle book is one for younger children. I'll pass these all on to the grandchildren.
 
Yesterday I went shopping, filling up with diesel at the local filling station on the way out (they had diesel but not petrol at all the pumps) The price of diesel has gone up by 10p a litre in two weeks. I met up with Rachel-in-Norfolk for a coffee in Morrisons where my cappuccino had gone up by 25p since our last visit. Think we'd better get used to things going up - anyone can put up their prices now and blame it on Covid/Brexit/world wide shortages/increased wholesale gas prices/staff shortages/delivery problems.......... and no one will know any different.
 
 
Eldest Granddaughter is 5 on Monday and tomorrow I'm off to her birthday party....... with bouncy castle ........which I won't be going on! She started proper school in September, it's at the same place she was at Nursery so not too big a change and  thankfully she is enjoying school. 
DiL has been puzzling over Primary Schools for Youngest Granddaughter in 2022. She visited the one in their village and found it extremely dirty (no cleaner or caretaker!) and only one properly qualified teacher among the 4 that work there (for 60 children) and none of the teachers work full time. The problem is that any other Primary School will mean driving, although many of the people in their village take children elsewhere so they'll perhaps be able to share journeys.
 Once-upon-a-time everyone just went to their local school - no choice - and all schools were under the care of the County Council and no one knew if they were good or bad. And believe me some village schools in the 1960's were Very Bad. Now it's all about money and schools are run by Academies, all doing their own thing and all trying to attract more students so they can get more money. I have no idea which is best.
 
Before the party tomorrow I'm looking forward to Strictly tonight. It's movie night and everyone is dressed up and there's no one to cringe at this year so it's a joy to watch all of them. 
But what I really need is an exciting weekend (apart from the the bouncy castle and a whole lot of 4 and 5 year olds!) so that there's something to blog about next week as at the moment I'm at a loss.
 
I hope your weekend is as exciting as you want it to be.
Back Monday
Sue
PS and before someone picks me up on saying that everyone went to their nearest school in the past - I know I'm generalizing a bit.

Friday, 8 October 2021

She's Definitely Lost The Plot!

It was the Wednesday boot sale a few weeks ago and fishing through a box of books that one of the house clearance bods had on the ground by his van I found 2 old scrapbooks of postcards and cuttings.

One of them opened at a page with a poster and postcards about and by the artist Eric Ravilious. I love his work.


The man only wanted a £1 for the two so I bought them.....................for goodness sake .............why do I want someone else's collections?!

I just couldn't bear the thought of them being chucked on a bonfire or in a dustbin 

I've taken many of the postcards out of the black paged book (it had lots of empty pages but some beautiful postcards which I will keep) and unstuck what I could from the  other book  as it was an old sticky-type photo album that isn't acid-free several were spoiled by the glue and others spoiled by damp.  I've bought  some photo corners and I'm going to amalgamate the two then add in some postcards that I've had around for ages and find some more pictures from an old childrens book and turn the black-paged book into my own scrapbook.
 
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Sue


Thursday, 7 October 2021

Pin Tin

 This little tin has had my pins in for as long as I can remember. Before I married definitely. Probably from the time of Needlework lessons at Grammar School.

At the weekend I called in at the Yoxford Antiques Centre (As seen on BBC Antiques Road Trip last week) on my way to Youngest Daughter's. There was a ton of Kitchenalia and expensive things but one of the people selling there had a shelf filled with old tins including the twin of my pin tin. Of course I recognised it straight away. So picked it up to find a price.... ... £5!

So my very old pin tin is worth £5! now I know what to do with it if I ever get hard-up!

Welcome to a whole lot more people who've clicked the follower button. Numbers suddenly shot up to 715 really quickly. 
 
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Sue


Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Panic Buying!

 I heard it on the radio. The man said " What people don't realise is that we start putting together pigs-in-blankets for the trade as early as October. With a shortage of staff at abattoirs farmers are not able to get their pigs booked in, which could force a pork shortage - which could in turn make it difficult for the Christmas supply of pigs-in-blankets".

Pigs-in-blankets are one reason I'm not completely vegetarian and they're my favourite part of Christmas dinner - so being without would be a disaster!

I panicked and  rushed to the Co-op to get the local chipolatas and bacon that I always buy.
 
Phew ........sorted!
 
 
 
                                                      ( Remember not to take everything I write as the gospel truth!)
 
 
 
And on a completely different subject.........Well Done to the Producers of Silent Witness and the BBC for the after end titles cliff hanger last night.........it means a new series next year - That's Very Good News I reckon.
 
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Sue





Tuesday, 5 October 2021

One of the Ten Oldest........................

.........Post Boxes in the country.

This is beside a busy road junction in Framlingham which is a town between me and the coast. I've driven past 100's of times but never walked out from the town centre car park for a closer look.

 

It gets a mention in my little book Old Letter Boxes by Martin Robinson.It was made in 1856 by Andrew Handyside of Derby for the Post Office's Eastern District.

1856 is just four years after the very first letter boxes were erected in the Channel Islands.

 

Early postboxes all had vertical apertures. In the book this postbox still has a white metal collection times plaque  on the front but that has now gone. The letter box seems to be still in use.

I should have asked in the Post Office if it was still used but I've only just thought of it! Framlingham is one of the few places that still has a proper Post Office where they still also sort local mail for picking up and delivering in the area.

I'll have to wait for the fuel situation to resolve before I go and search for the other very old letter box still in use in the County.

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Sue
PS Must say welcome to two more people who have clicked the follower button. It was 705 for ages so I'm pleased to see it's now 707. Hope you like reading my wafflings from Suffolk


 

Monday, 4 October 2021

More About Kitchen Lighting and Suffolk Recipes

Thanks to everyone for comments over the weekend. Comments are always welcome otherwise I'd just be talking to myself.
But there were a few odd ones about my flickering lights. For instance if it was just a case of replacing the bulbs there would be no problem...... I could do it myself.  I'm sorry to say this but some people who comment always seem to know more than the person writing the blog. Feel free to tell me off if ever I do this on your blog!!
Here are some photos to show why the kitchen lights needed an electrician to sort them out. The electrician knew what make these were even before taking the worst one out - he said that he's replaced others that are only a few years old and apparently they were not the cheapies that I assumed then to be. They are definitely less than 7 years old.
 
In the kitchen are 6 like this below, set into the ceiling - no separate bulb.Less than 7 years old. 2 going on and off totally randomly and needing the whole thing replaced
 
The electrician removed the most annoying one and made safe the wires - hole in ceiling ready for when he comes back with replacements

Enough about the lights.


  I found this at the Saturday coffee morning. I've owned it before and given it away but for 50p I thought I'd own it again and see if the Fourses Cake  (written about last week) gets a mention here too and it does.

There are also lots of other so called Suffolk versions of recipes. A Suffolk Harvest Cake has cornflour, baking powder and bicarbonate as well as flour. A Suffolk Fish Pie seems to me like any other Fish Pie! and a Suffolk Trifle has macaroons and candied peel.......very weird. Then there are  Suffolk Buns that contain ground rice and Suffolk Hard Dumplings which are just flour and water.
Now my family are all Suffolk going back several generations so I ought to know these but I'd not heard of any of them and only Suffolk Rusks have been passed down the family.

Come to think of it I've not made Suffolk Rusks for ages. Maybe later this week. (The recipe is one of the first I shared on the separate recipe page.)


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Sue

Saturday, 2 October 2021

First Saturday in October

 I wish someone would slow down the weeks. Since Saturdays became the day on the blog when I look back and round up my week it comes around far too quickly.
 
The burnable stuff left from the yard sale has gone to BiL, he double checked that he could burn the ancient wallpaper/car booting table this time as luckily he hadn't burned it when I rescued it back for the yard sale. It wobbles worryingly and while at his got wet as well so  really is past it. As a new folding table is £18 it would be a big expense just for car booting  so from now on I'm definitely doing no more boot sales and everything that goes out will go straight to a charity shop.
A box full and a bag full of bits went to a charity shop in Stowmarket and the garage is now much clearer.
 
The weather turned much colder through Wednesday and the leaves from the churchyard trees are now blowing down the road. Several heavy rain showers too, especially on Friday, but they were needed. While the weather was grotty most afternoons I've started reading my Giant pile of library books. Titles have been added to the books read 2021 page.

I made some jars of Red Onion Chutney (often called Onion Marmalade). Unfortunately I put a few onions through the food processor before I realised the blade was in upside down and it was grating instead of slicing so the texture isn't quite right. Although I'm sure it will taste fine.

2 Jars for the Christmas hampers and 1 for me. I'm currently eating my way through a large jar that I made 2 years ago so one jar will be enough until next year.

I've had no luck with finding someone to do some big gardening jobs. All landscape gardeners are so busy - too busy to even visit, look and give a price. More luck with an electrician coming to look at why two of the lights in the kitchen are flickering. They are "modern" (which means complicated in my book) set right into the ceiling with no separate bulb. Annoyingly it means they need completely replacing. How easy ordinary light bulbs would be! The bathroom and en-suite have the same sort of down-lighters. And would you believe in the living/dining room one switch turns on 10 small light bulbs (5 in each of two fittings) and it's the same in my bedroom/craft room. He had a look behind the switch and nothing can be done about them without a lot of hassle..... Hey Ho..


 
This week I've been grateful for..............
  • When the Kenwood dough hook fell out of a high cupboard and landed on my face it did no damage!
  • I can now walk to pick up prescription meds - saving diesel. 
  • A prompt visit by the electrician (he will order two replacements)

 

The weekend weather forecast is horrible but  today there are 2 coffee mornings in the village - one a regular 1st of the month thing and the other is a fundraiser for animal charities not sure I ought to have coffee and cake at both!
On Sunday I'm planning on a visit to youngest daughter over by the coast. Because of not going far in the last 10 days I still have a tank nearly full of diesel. Are things back to normal on filling station forecourts yet? I've no idea because now that Strictly Takes 2 is back on TV I don't even watch local news!

Have a good weekend
Back Monday
Sue

Friday, 1 October 2021

October Country Days and Country Ways

 How did October get here so quickly?

 I found this at a boot-sale a few weeks ago for £1. 


 It's a plate from a set of 12 with illustrations from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Sadly (but probably luckily) the only one there was this one otherwise I'd have been tempted by all twelve! (Looks as if they sell for about £10 on ebay, mine was among a load of odds and ends from a house clearance man)

 October was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar. The Anglo Saxons called it Wynmonath - the wine making month or Winterfylleth meaning the full moon (20th) heralding winter.

In the past villagers relied on pannage - the law allowing them access to the woods for their pig - to enable it to fatten on acorns and beech mast before it was killed at the end of the month.

A good October and a good blast
Will blow the hog his acorn and mast.

 

Beech Mast

 

 I found pannage carries on today ...........this on the Forestry England  National Trust website........

Pannage is an ancient practice that is still used today by commoners and verderers who turn out their pigs into the Forest during the season.  The pannage season, usually between September to December, lasts around 60 days. This year's season will run between 13 September to 14 November.   Pigs do a vital job of eating many of the acorns that fall at this time of year. Green acorns are tasty for them, but poisonous for the ponies and cattle that roam the area freely.


Weather lore this month is mostly predictions for the coming winter.

 
Much rain in October, much wind in December

For every fog in October there will be a snowfall in winter 

Warm October, cold February.


A full moon without frost in October and there will be no frost until the full moon in November


Below is one of the colourful  October pages from the book "Wild Flowers of Britain Month by Month" by Margaret Erskine Wilson

 

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Sue

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Back To Thrifty - The Ins, Outs and Frugal Bits

Back to my last day of the month thrifty posts..........
 
The huge expenses of moving are over, I've restocked my cupboards and emergency supplies (Bread flour, yeast, peanut butter, tins of pineapple and coffee!), car boot sales will be slowing down and I need to get back to thrifty, to live on my income and stop using the money from savings and from down-sizing.
My income is now 2 pensions - my state pension plus the County Council spouses pension (now being taxed!) and some bits of interest from savings bonds. I looked to see what average income is for a pensioner and came across the figure of £18,000. Well, my income is well below this so maybe some savings will be needed and anyway the very reason I never had a private pension is because we knew we had a house that could be sold and we could downsize.

One spend this month  I was really pleased about was a new winter coat. I've been looking for something warm and waterproof  with a hood for a couple of years, searching charity shops with no luck and the ones in shops were either those huge puffy jackets (I'm puffy enough already!) or had weird mock fur round the hood (nasty) or the sleeves were so narrow that there was no room for anything underneath. Then I called in at the big Asda in Ipswich after the  dentist and £36 later I had waterproof with a hood in blue - perfect.

Other spendy bits were Phones and Broadband bills, 2 lots of diesel (I filled up when I went shopping on the Tuesday before the  country went into panic mode), a birthday gift, Ecover for the washing machine. A couple of plants for the garden and some crocus bulbs -all from boot-sales. The window cleaner turned up and the regular 4 weekly electric bill (which is driving me nuts as no sooner do I get a text message from Scottish Power asking for a meter reading and pay it then 4 weeks is round again!). Batteries for my torch (jolly expensive now),a couple of second-hand books and food - obviously!

These are the thrifty bits I thought of

  • Picked the right days to do washing - so avoiding using the tumble drier all month
  • Dried Bay Leaves from my Bay tree
  • Made 4 jars jam using Strawberries from BiL and gooseberries from a car boot sale earlier in the year. 2 are for the hampers.
  • Washed hair before going just up the road to have it cut which saves me £4
  • Runner beans from the garden
  • Yellow and Red Peppers from the greenhouse
  • Made two candles for the Christmas Hampers
  • Made Wild Fruit syrup from hedgerow fruits for winter and the hampers
  • Made Marmalade for winter and Christmas hampers
  • £56 income from selling unwanted stuff in village yard sale
  • Library books for free
  • One pensioners Fish and Chip meal (£3.50 instead of £6)
  • Free coffee and cheese scones at the village Monday coffee mornings (instead of breakfast๐Ÿ˜‡)
  • I'm still catching cold water in a jug before the hot arrives and using it for watering the pots under the front porch and the new bits planted in the front garden
  • Also still mixing whole milk half and half with water.
  • Couple of cucumbers and courgettes from BiL's garden

and I finally found something to put everything in for the Christmas Hampers from yesterday's car boot sale. I called in on my way to shopping - it was very chilly, damp underfoot and hardly anyone selling

so I was pleased to pick up these for £1.50 each. Nothing else bought.

In October there are more birthdays and a probable trip to see the new baby after it arrives which will involve a stay in holiday let or similar plus diesel, electric, phones and food of course. Hopefully not much else.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

 

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Suffolk Fourses Cake plus Marmalade

 When I was looking through my books for the 1st September folklore post I came across the recipe for Suffolk Fourses Cake. Not something that was a regular for baking in my Suffolk kitchen - because I'd never heard of it except in this book.

Although Fourses is a Suffolk word I knew............ it's  the afternoon version of Elevenses ....so I thought I'd better set to and make this. It's from the recipe in the book Cattern Cakes and Lace.

"A traditional lardy bread, served to Suffolk harvesters in the afternoons with sweetened beer. Rich and full of calories, they were welcome after back-breaking toil"


(How real the corn looks - but it's just a photo in the book! Cattern Cakes and Lace by Julia Jones and Barbara Deer Published in 1987)

 I used half the recipe. It's a cross between bread and cake and I think it should have risen a bit more. I'm eating my way through it - spread with butter. Very solid and filling! would have been perfect for farm-workers.

Time to cook up another batch of Marmalade. This time I used a tin of prepared oranges and a tin of  pineapple in juice which is an idea from the WI book of preserves.
2 for the hampers and the rest tucked away for winter. With the closure of the Lakeland Ipswich shop there's now nowhere to easily and cheaply buy the tins of prepared lemons for marmalade, which is a shame........ so it will be variations on orange from now on.....orange and grapefruit, orange and ginger, orange and whisky as well as the pineapple and orange on it's own of course.
 


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Sue

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Sitting Outside All Day Is..........................

.................. Hard Work!

There was fine and warm weather for the village yard sales on Sunday, so well before the advertised start time of 10am I had set up my stall out the front. I was glad I'd got it sorted early because people stopped to look and I'd already sold a rug and the old kick stool by the time I remembered to get my camera for this photo.
Even got rid of old tools from Colin's workshop, they've already moved house three times! - luckily most sold for a few £.

By 2pm it didn't seem likely that anyone else would be round so I packed up. The chair and shelves didn't sell and went back in the garage, one box-full of small things went straight into the car ready for a charity shop. I also put some things in the car to take to BiL who can burn them.

My next door neighbour had a stall too with a ton of children's toys from her two who are 10 and 7 but I  was very good and didn't look too hard and it was good to chat to her as she and her husband are always so busy. I also spoke to someone who I'd last seen in 1978!

And  it was worth  hauling everything out of the garage because I got rid of quite a lot of unwanted bits and pieces and ended up with £56. 

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Sue


Monday, 27 September 2021

What Job Does Your Daddy do?

If you ask Youngest Granddaughter this question her answer is he digs in muddy holes in the ground!

 On  Friday we went down to Clare on the Essex/Suffolk border to see the "muddy holes in the ground" which son is in charge off. It's a community thing, lasting for 3 weeks and this is the 3rd and final year of funding.

 

All that is left of Clare Castle on the top of the Motte
We walked all the way up to see the remains

The dig is looking to map the extant of what was the cemetery of Clare Priory.

 From the top of the Motte there's a good view of the excavations. The building on the right is an old engine shed. Once a small branch railway ran through here, which has confused the archaeology  and probably destroyed quite a lot of stuff.
 
Lots of bits found, they have volunteers digging and washing everything as it comes out of the ground.

This little piece of medieval glass is one of the best finds

 A view over the roof tops of the small old town of Clare from the top of the Motte.

I visited this church (one of the 100) when we went down to see the dig two years ago.

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Sue

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Last Saturday in September

It's been a fun news week - NOT!  and even though I rarely watch much news on TV - all I've heard this week are warnings ........................  

Not enough turkeys for Christmas  }
Shortage of fresh pre-packed meat  }                } these all due to a shortage of CO2
Shortage of bagged salads              }  
No toys on the shelves for Christmas
Not enough gas to supply everyone for winter 
Electric and gas prices shooting up
People waiting 8 hours for an ambulance

 And then  the fuel thing - NOT a shortage of diesel or petrol, just slow deliveries due to shortage of lorry drivers. If people just carried on filling up as usual there wouldn't be a problem but Media Hype means that when I went out with DiL and the grandchildren yesterday and we needed fuel to get where we were going, the queues were crazy.  Sainsbugs had run out of diesel and at the next garage DiL put in ¾ tank full before that too ran out.

It's official......................the world has gone mad. Do you know what I'm going to do next week?...............................Stay at home and read all those library books on yesterday's post!

 

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 The October Parish Magazine has landed through the letter box this week and with things re-starting I've discovered this is a village of Coffee mornings....................

Every Monday there's one in the Old School room - all for free!
Tuesday mornings every week - in the Church - donations for the church
Then on the First Saturday of the month  coffee morning and lunches as well- in the Old School Room again, not sure who that's raising money for.
The Rural Coffee Caravan calls on the first Friday of the month - they bring information as well as coffee for free but you have to take your own chair and mug (bit chilly outside)
Then there's an extra one on the first Saturday in October which is a fund-raiser for animal charity.
 

 
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  Here's  a small glimpse at where we were going when  we needed to fill up with diesel ....... all the way to the Suffolk /Essex border.


Just as two years ago Son, the archaeologist, was in charge of the volunteers and digging at this site.
More about this on Monday 
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Today Youngest Daughter was going to visit but she daren't as she couldn't get any fuel for her car in Leiston. She said the queues were down the road all day! I have to go for a flu jab this morning and annoyingly they're not doing them at the doctors in the village due to building work so I have to go to the other surgery.
Then there's the village yard sales tomorrow, I shall haul my junk  out of the garage and see if I can make a few pennies. 

I'll leave you with photos of youngest granddaughter,
"Take a photo of me posing Nanna" she said. "Posing?" I said "Yes" she said "like this". 3½ going on 13!!
 

 
Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope you don't run out of petrol! Have a good weekend.
Back Monday
Sue