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!


8 February 2016

While the storm rages outside...

Grapevine awakening.
New toy made light work of these.

.........there are only 2 places to be. Either the kitchen of the greenhouse!  Having checked to make sure that the greenhouse hadn't blown away, I retreated to the relative calm and safety of the kitchen.  Having said that, I spotted signs of life in the greenhouse - the grapevine is showing a couple of new shoots. Back in the kitchen, I had the perfect excuse to play with my new toy!  some bread rolls, a Canterbury Tart (courtesy of Mary Berry), some rustic savoury red pepper tartlets and a few cheese straws (using the left over pastry.) The largest of my pastry cutters just wasn't big enough so the cases were all cut using a knife - hence their rustic appearance and one really dainty tartlet!

It's now become very trendy to give these depressions names and the latest has been christened "Storm Imogen."  Maybe someone who gives machines names shouldn't grumble!
All thanks to another storm!

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