Pictorial review

Life around home

Confession: I don’t often do it this way, but to bring you up to speed on the last few months I’m going to just this once. In brief then, here’s a photographical run-down of our summer. Let me start with breakfast. When you have half a dozen children, the simple pleasures of life such as […]

September 12, 2016

Herb gardens

Growing stuff

Confession: I am obsessed with herbs. Gripped. Infatuated. Besotted with herbs. Last year we dug up a patch along the south side of my house and I started an herb garden, with flat slabs of limestone for edging and paths, and a handful of starts from my aunt and a few friends. Thyme. Sage. Rosemary. […]

July 14, 2014

On the naming of cats

Life around home

So much depends upon the naming of small furry ones. They will be fundamentally altered if I call them Muffin and Pudding or Tiger and Panther or Solomon and The Queen of Sheba. He is small and black, the baby of the litter. She is feisty and golden, and leads him around. If only their […]

July 4, 2014

White butter

Creations, Food

Today I made my first butter ever. I am absurdly proud of this little pat. I blended and rinsed and squeezed and rinsed. Well well. And it tastes not so bad as I thought, after the smell of the ripened cream prepared me for the worst. But it’s doughy white. Like Ma in Little House […]

March 13, 2014