Jonny’s Busman’s Holiday :)

Jon is a builder. He builds patio’s and walls, roofs and chimneys and he’s pretty darn good at it. He was recently chopping logs for my parents, and it made me smile when I saw the stack of logs he’d built to season the wood…


I’ve never seen such a neat log pile! :)

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Sugar Free Date & Banana Cookies/Traybake (Wheat & Dairy free too!)

I snapped up a whole tray of over ripe banana’s at the greengrocers for just 92p yesterday!

After giving some to a neighbour, some to the hens, and having 2 in my morning smoothie, I was still left with 19! Out came the cookbook, for this old favourite.

Firstly, please don’t be put off by the virtuous (dull) sounding title of this recipe. Due to all the super sweet fruit, they are sweet, flavoursome and feel VERY decadent even though they are lacking in most things you’d normally find in a traybake. Next time your banana’s go brown, just try this one, even if you are allergy free. I promise you won’t regret it!

3 large bananas

1 cup chopped dates

2 cups oats (recipe specifies rolled oats, but live dangerously & use whatever you have)

1/3 cup cooking oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

(If you are baffled by the American cup measurements, just use a coffee mug)

Preheat oven to 180c/Gas 4

Mash the bananas in a bowl (get your hands in there, it’s strangely satisfying)

Stir in everything else (I was out of vanilla extract so omitted it. Not sure you can actually taste the difference anyway)

Mix it all up and let stand for about 15 minutes.

Next the recipe (pulled from a magazine years ago so sorry, can’t credit it) says to drop desert spoonfuls onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Personally, I haven’t had much luck in the past making these as cookies so I always make them in a greased, square cake pan as a traybake. Try whichever way you fancy.

Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.

And then enjoy a little piece of damn healthy heaven :)

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There’s Something in the Woodshed…

Jonny spotted this little nest of Pied Wagtail’s in the log shed a couple of days ago.

How cute?!

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Those Noisy Neighbours :)

The little caravan is fast turning into my little summer house. I’m down there every night after work. There’s no computer or internet, just some board games, cards and a pile of magazines.

Whenever I walk down through the orchard to get to the van, the cows come charging over the field to see what I’m up too.

This one is the most inquisitive of the herd and has such a sweet face.

Happy days :)

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Happy Bank Holiday!

Our Bank Holiday weekend has been perfect!

With finances being a little tighter than normal, we decided to avoid driving anywhere and took the van down to the duck pond instead!

No getting stuck in traffic, or having to pay camping fees. No noisy neighbours (apart from the cows) and the cat got to come too!

There aren’t many camp sites that can offer that view. Drinking morning tea watching Herons, Moorhens, Mallards and of course my Muscovies.

I’m in work tomorrow, but I’ll be straight down again when I get home.

Being on holiday, at home. Lovely!

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And The Winner Is…

Wendy Thomas!!!

Well done Wendy, please message me your postal details and I’ll get your daft little comic strip in the post to you!

I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend, I’m off to bake bread and make marmalade with my mum :)

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The Old Bids – Ida’s Tealeaves

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COMPETITION! ‘Free Range Friday’ Give Away!

I’ve just stumbled over the ‘Free Range Friday’ event organised to raise funds & awareness for the British Hen Welfare Trust and it all seems like perfect timing, as I got some sample prints back from the printer yesterday of a handful of my chicken cartoons!

In honour of the event, how do you fancy winning this one, entitled ‘New Feathers’…?

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below!

I’m happy to post any where in the world so don’t be put off if you’re overseas. And don’t worry if you don’t win this time, there is a free Range Friday every month this year and I’ll do another give-away for each one! Give-away will close at midnight tonight (GMT) Good luck!

PS Do visit the BHWT website and/or Facebook Page to find out more about their good work and how you can get involved x

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The Old Bids – Zumba!

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Isn’t this pretty…?

Freda, one of the lovely ladies I work with, had a birthday yesterday. I told mum that I was going to pick her a bunch of wild flowers from around the farm, and mum jumped in and asked if she could do it – no contest really!

This is what my clever mum collected…

Happy Birthday Freda!!!

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