Not my usual subject for photography! Creepy, crawly spider…..

I don’t go out of my way to photography insects and arachnids, I think they are fascinating when I happen to see them but there are so many other things I’m obsessed with!  My sister on, the other hand is serious about them and will spend hours studying a new bug, going into ecstatic details…

Beech seed husk

On my walk with Conker yesterday morning I noticed the beech trees were already producing their fruit, the husks contain the triangular shaped seeds called mast that we used to peel open as children to eat the very small, slightly bitter but definitely nutty, ‘nut’ inside. I grabbed this shot with the camera I had…

I always feel so proud when my husband publishes a new book!

My husband is author Andro Linklater and Andro’s latest book is “Why Spencer Perceval Had To Die’. In this little clip he explains a little of what it is about. Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister Shot on Nikon D90

The first home grown tomatoes

I find myself tending my tomato plants like babies. I check them several times a day and am anxious if I have to miss a visit to them or leave them in the care of others – even of my husband! I have had a bad history with tomatoes – for the last few years…

Chicken of the woods

We found this on our walk with Conker yesterday afternoon and have been eating it ever since! It is Laetiporus sulphureus, Chicken of the woods and it tastes very good. You can read more about it here.

Gloria with rhubarb

We used to work together at Good Housekeeping where I was art director and Gloria Nicol was homes editor. Her style was always evident in her work and I very much admired what she did, but although we had a good working relationship it wasn’t until we had both left GH and I was taking…

Bought, photographed, filed,

Having been scanning loads of images it was lovely this morning to enjoy the speed of digital. I bought a bag of this wonderful fresh purple sprouting broccolli in a new little shop in Edenbridge, Ryan’s Table, brought it home, photographed it on the kitchen counter by todays soft light and it is already in…

Sudden streams springing

Walking in the fields with Conker this afternoon there was the sound of rushing water everywhere. So much rain has fallen recently that every little ditch is full and punctuated with waterfalls. When walking I prefer to carry a small camera – my current snap cameras are a Fuji F100FD and a Panasonic DMC-LX2 which…

Wild garlic time again – it must be spring!

Seems no time at all since we last made our version of pesto using the most pungent of local wild herbs – wild garlic. The woods have been a soft brown colour since the snow melted but over the last few days a few green spears have been pushing their way through the crumbly decaying…

Shrove Tuesday

I really love pancakes – all kinds – and these classic crepes are particularly good. `This year I even remembered to make them on the right day. Classic Crêpes 4 eggs 1/4 tsp salt 2 cups plain flour 2 1/4 cups milk 1/4 cup butter, melted Combine eggs and salt. Gradually add flour alternately with…

Venison Casserole, couscous and red cabbage for 100!

This is the recipe I devised to be made for the Village Valentine cabaret party. Each recipe makes 10 healthy portions so 10 casseroles were made by a selection of the village’s best cooks, and brought to the village hall hot ready to be kept warm in a large warming cabinet. I made red cabbage…

Oceans of red cabbage

This week has been taken over by our preparations for out village Valentines Cabaret and party. Apart from reading a poem (Shelley) and singing a song (Nature Boy) I have somehow found myself in charge of the food – for 100! Thank heavens that wonderful Jill is in charge of all the puddings, but still…

Misty Wealden landscape

There have been some beautiful days to start this year. It’s really unusual to see the mist hanging in the valley here.

Day three in bed!

I am getting really bored with this. I don’t really have a head cold, just a dreadful cough, swollen glands and a very chesty feeling. As long as I stay in bed I’m not too bad, but if itry to get up I feel ghastly. Even Conker is getting bored with it all! Perhaps I’m…

Another day in bed!

Can’t remember when I last had two days in bed. I just feel dreadful when I get up so have stayed here all day, existing on elderberry cordial alternating with a potion of Marigold organic vegetable stock with grated raw garlic and fresh ginger in it. I haven’t seen anyone all day except A and…

Elderberry cordial to help nurse a cold

The hint of a cold that has been lurking for the last few days developed on a crowded trainhome from London last night into a bit of a monster, and I have spent most of today in bed. A has been ministering to me bringing steaming mugs of elderberry cordial that I had the good…

Mulled wine

Mulled wine ©Marie-Louise Avery There are two reasons for posting this pic today – one is that I made Glögg (Swedish mulled wine) for our village Christmas bazaar at the weekend and spent most of Saturday serving it out. It was not in such a pretty pot as in this shot – instead a huge…

The last tomatoes

We had fantastic tomato plants earlier in the summer and I looked forward eagerly to the harvest. But the decorators arrived to paint the outside of the house and the plants had to be pulled away from the comfy white wall where they were catching what warmth and light there was, and then it rained…