Friday, 21 October 2016

The Lodge

We went for a walk at The Lodge, which is is a nature reserve run by the RSPB named after the building there, The Lodge, which is their headquarters. It has
woodland, heath and acid grassland habitats covering 238 hectares, and are being restored to form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire.

The site has two Iron age forts built about 700 BC; the more impressive, on Galley Hill, has obvious banks and ditches. We also loved the woodland with beautiful oak trees and numerous different kinds of fungi!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Deer and Mushrooms

(No not together!)... Today the girls and I went for lovely walk in Hatfield Forest. One of the lovely things about the forest, is if you walk down a little path off a main drive you can easily avoid seeing other people!  Whilst we were there we looked for mushrooms. Here a few of the ones we found:

We also spotted deer - this time being lucky enough to see a mother and fawn as well as stag (although I was too slow to get a good photo :( ).

The girls also had fun climbing trees, throwing javelins (well sticks anyway), acorn collecting and just enjoying the trees.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Dahlia Festival @Anglesey Abbey

This morning we went to the last day of the Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey. The traditional Dahlia Line stretching right across the South Park was beautiful, although a little bit past its best!

We also loved the carpets of cyclamen - my photos really don't do it justice! They were stunning! 

We found signs of Autumn

As well as some lovely mushrooms

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Homemade winders

With the blackberries we had collected we made Fruit winders.

You need:
500g blackberries
500g cooking apples
150g honey
juice from 1 lemon
Greaseproof paper

(1) Peel, core and chop the apples. Put them in a saucepan with the blackberries and lemon juice. Simmer until they have turned into a pulp.
(2) Sieve the fruit to create a smooth puree. Then add the honey and stir well.
(3) Divide the mixture between 2 lined baking sheets, spreading it out evenly and thinly.
(4) Cook on the lowest setting until the fruit has dried out and comes off the paper easily - this took several hours.
(5) Cut into strips.

Monday, 12 September 2016

muffin pizzas

 Today for supper we made Muffin pizzas.

I cut muffins in half and fried some mushrooms. The girls chopped some pepper, halved baby tomatoes and olives and ripped up Mozzarella. 

They then spread their muffins with tomato purée and a bit of ketchup and then added their toppings. We then cooked them under the grill for about 5 minutes.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Blackberry picking

We walked along the roman road (the linton side of the All) where there are lots and lots of brambles and enjoyed the warm sun and picked blackberries where we all got stung and pricked and ate far more than we picked!