Monthly Archives: "February 2011"

Wessex – About Britain No.2

This rather wonderful little book was discovered in a Bridport secondhand store this week – and what a treasure it is. Written by Geoffrey Grigson, it was published in 1951 for the Festival of Britain Office.  In the introduction it says: ‘the Guide-Book is one of a series ‘About Britain,’ so we hope, in a

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Catkins and Pussy Willow

There is something whimsical and delightful about catkins and pussy willow. All the more so for their appearance at this time of the year. February can be the bleakest of months, these signs of Spring to come are more than welcome.   Catkins: The male flowers of our native hazel (Corylus avellana), abundant in hedgerows around the

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Winter Tea Time – Ovaltine Tea Bread

Along with a cosy fire, this is just what gloomy winter afternoons need. Tea bread is easy to make and keeps well for days in a tin. This recipe uses Ovaltine for a very delicious, comforting,  malty flavour.  Makes 1 large or 2 small loaves. Ingredients: 1 lb/450g self-raising flour 1 level teaspoon salt 1 oz/25g

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