Tuesday, April 21, 2015
My husband, older son and later (when the weather was better) my parents in law were in -8 degrees C!!! And loving it. Routeburn Track in the winter. Yes I have done it like this before and it is amazing. Well done to them.
|My little trouper!!!|
Saturday, April 18, 2015
|Cutting mat, sewing machine and paraphernalia|
|Concentration to avoid crashing|
|Tucked up in bed|
|Very hard to turn corners on these bikes|
We had a stringest safety chat before and we were clearly told that an adult over 16 had to be the driver due to the requirement to follow road rules. So we madly biked to the domain and then I let them have fun on the little bit of quiet sealed track. At night a pottered on with my pajama quilt I am doing at the moment.
Eli got so tired one day that at 7pm he put himself to bed. Spencer was amazed but popped into bed too and they both slept till 7am. Whew.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Such a funny name. We have two of these trees on our new property. When we first came to view the property with the potential to buy I spotted and immediately identified the tree. (Correctly too which I was pretty thrilled about). Since then I have done a bit of reading as there is no codlin moth, no disease which is amazing. I knew them as cookers but in reading they say they are really good eaters too, so will have to try that.
They are the biggest cooking apple grown and a lovely heritage variety that are very much back in vogue. Self fertile and tip fruiting. It is really important when you have apple trees to identify them as if you pruned this for modern standards you would get no fruit as it fruits on the tip of the branch and modern pruning is to take them back to nodules along a branches full length.
Anyway. The apple pie was Yummy. I made it with butter puff pastry as everyone says you should. Can't say I was very impressed with the pastry. Does not puff amazingly more like a flakey puff. Wont be spending that money again. Maybe seeing that this is a heritage apple I should make a heritage puff pastry. My granddad used to make the most amazing pastry that used a whole pound of butter!!!!
|Trying to show proportions of the huge apple (compared to a jar of jam)|
|1 apple was enough for an entire pie which feed four people!!!|
Saturday, April 4, 2015
My recipe is a bit bog standard but if you go to this LINK - A blog I follow there is a fabulous recipe there that is similar.
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