Loving the rain and shine


With the autumn weather closing in so quickly upon us, I realised yesterday that I still haven’t been up to the field to collect blackberries. So, with the sun out, Tynor and I went armed with one of my Lock & Locks to gather as many as we could (clearly Tynor just sat and watched!).

My harvest wasn’t as fruitful as I had hoped as all the good berries were way up high and the thorns were particularly vicious, but I managed to get enough to do something with! I had seen a recipe for peach and raspberry mille-feuille, and so decided to adapt it using the blackberries I had picked and some strawberries we had grown in the summer that I had in the freezer.

I have never used gelatin leaves before so making the citrus cream was a new one for me. Once it was made, set and assembled the texture of the cream was a little eggy, so I think I need to work on that again. However, it was all okay! Not quite Bake Off quality but I was pleased as punch with it!

Last weekend was the 375th anniversary of the Battle of Edgehill which is around the corner from where we live, so we went along to see a re-enactment being performed. It was incredible and thankfully the sun came out. There were all kinds of things going on, including canons, guns and all the cavalry, plus a living history village that we could look around and see how they lived back then. We even learned about old games such as Nine Men’s Morris (which is fab by the way!), saw how they cooked, made clothing, operated on injuries and all sorts!


It’s been a right mixed bag of weather this month though hasn’t it? My brother and I took my daughter off to Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park and the rain absolutely hammered down – thank goodness for our ponchos! It was a tremendous line-up and we did lots of boogying to Shania Twain, Rick Astley, Take That and Stereophonics. The rain kept on coming, but we had a blast!

So with festivals and holidays over with for the year, Myles is home from Uzbekistan next week and then we will hunker down and go into hibernation mode! I love this time of year so much.

Oh, and before I go, thank you so much for all of your wonderful entrances to the competition last time and a huge congratulations to Susan Gould who won the fruity booty!

Take care and much love!

Pipa x


  1. Josephine Jennings September 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Well you certainly looked wet,but happy faces. At the moment the rain is horrendous here,got home just in time.One good thing washing dry.

  2. Christine September 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa great to see all the fruit you get at this time year. We have fruit trees there three year old, got lot plums and apples looking forward to making apple pies. We had late holiday in Harrogate the weather was warm and sunny. That looks good what you made. So next thing dare I say Christmas.
    Take care x


  3. Mrs Lorraine Selby September 29, 2017 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    SO lovely seeing your happy family photo’s ,and the rain did pour down , however you all smiled through it . Thank you for taking your time out and share them with us . Lorraine xx

  4. Eileen Mahoney September 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    See, that month without Myles flew by! At least for me but probably for you too as you have been up to so much! How has he made out since you left? Not homesick I hope….such a great opportunity…..

  5. Gregory Burslem October 9, 2017 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    Glad your year,has gone great.I bet You Piggeyd the Blueberries????

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