The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


18 January 2015

Burns Night Gardening!

Not many Saturdays have I ever abandoned outdoor gardening duties entirely. Early Burn's night supper preparations meant I did just that! Poor Chris was left to finish emptying the compost heap all on his own and it was such a lovely clear crisp day - sigh!


One idea I had both for the table and as gifts for the ladies was recycling empty tins.  I soaked off the old labels and as the glue has a half life of 2000 years, I made new labels and stuck them on using the original glue!  I printed out some random sheet music giving it the title of a Burns poem, cut it to size and tied around some ribbon, Lastly, I popped in a heather and put a row of 4 down the centre of the table.  Alas, if I'd had red ribbon, it would have looked much better!


To maintain a horticultural theme, I made some flower pot bread in a clay pot given as a bread making present by Janine.  It worked perfectly and just required an extra 10 minutes in the oven.  I did cover the top to ensure it didn't burn and it turned out perfectly!

Burn's night means that almost more time is spent is spent on the table - menus, poetry sheets, place names, themed decorations etc etc than the actual food.  Well maybe not quite as I made cock-a-leekie soup and butter shortbread as well as the bread.  The lovely thing was that guests brought deserts of crannachan and bread and butter puddings.  I'll have to make up for lost time next Saturday!!!

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