The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


9 February 2014

Role Reversal!

Whilst the boys were all outside battling the storms and still managing to make good progress with the major conifer topping project; the girls were inside baking bread - never before heard of on a Saturday!  Jan came over with her Paul Hollywood book and the result was the most perfect loaf of bread in the world!  It definitely take a professional baker to write a book on baking and many of his vital tips are all (suspiciously) missing from other bakery books. The loaf of bread was so delicious, it was consumed with olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and herb dips before a pretty perky chilli con carne and Aga baked rice with Bay and Cardamon.  This was topped off with shared out Belgian chocolate eclairs (courtesy of Chris) and fresh raspberries with cream!  Meanwhile there are only 4 conifers left - another all round successful Saturday!

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