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Raspberry Coulis Cake, Friends and Friday…Notes from a Cottage


I love the idea of the weekend. It evokes images of lolling around and being part of a TimeDrift…just going with the flow.

And yes Jack, you should be embarrassed…ripping up the porch just because I shut the door when my dinner guest came! The protest doesn’t cut it with me…I was a Greenham Common Woman don’t ya know! Now tidy up!

What can I say? I shouldn’t have? Oh, the hell with waistlines…tea and Raspberry Coulis Cake is the best way to begin life on a Friday…leftovers always taste sinful! (But, it was delicious with Vanilla Ice Cream)!

I removed the cloth from the Elderflower Cordial and the smell was intoxicating…it’s so easy to make and will happily post the recipe…Summer in a bottle, it keeps for a year, easily!

Roses just keep coming, despite the wind and rain over the past week. The little Wren continues to sit on her clutch of eggs nesting in the hanging basket…

Here she is, peeping at me through the window…the back door is out of bounds now until herself and her family have flown!

Have a great weekend end everyone…plant a tree this one!

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The Wren at Bealtaine…Biodiversity in Permaculture, Naturally!

Can you see the little bird nesting in the corner of the hanging basket? I think it’s a Wren and it has made a nest here in the shelter of the veranda.

I waited util it had flown and quickly snapped some pics…and was really surprised to see these tiny eggs in the nest!

Looks like there’s five eggs…I didn’t want to hang about snapping pics as I guessed Mother Wren was eyeing me up from nearby!

She’s in the fifth basket along from the left, on the inward side of the basket, so very sheltered and safe!