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Vintage Kitchenalia...

I was doing something in the kitchen the other day which involved the food processor. I can’t remember exactly what but it probably involved apples because I haven’t done much in the kitchen lately that hasn’t involved Bramleys. The tree has been dripping with them this year and it suddenly feels like a year when we mustn’t waste them. Basket after basket after basket appears at the door and I drag them in, set up my wonderful whizzo new peeler and either set to freezing or wash and wrap them to...
Tags: Books, Ebay, Braun, Country Life, Nigel Slater, Dovegreyreader


A Conversation...

Bookhound and I were having one of our conversations the other day, it went a bit like this... Me : 'Clocks go back this weekend.' Him : 'That means it's only five weeks to Advent and the C*******s bough coming into the kitchen.' Me : 'But surely it was only last week we packed the deccies away and put them in the loft...' And we suddenly realised that this year had somehow vanished, and we have no real markers for it other than those we'd prefer to forget. No month in New Zealand obviousl...
Tags: Books, UK, 2020, New Zealand, Devon, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Waterstones, Country Life, Don, Falmouth, Dovegreyreader, Cotehele, North Cornwall, St Raphael Huccaby, Coleton Fishacre


Budleigh Literary Festival & other Pleasings

Get your diaries out because there is good news...yes, really... I bring you glad tidings of great joy. We can ALL go to the Budleigh Literary Festival this year thanks to Covid, so there are silver linings to the this whole shenanigans if you look hard enough. From Wednesday September 16th to Sunday 20th the sun will be shining because the sun ALWAYS shines for Budleigh. Glorious Budleigh Salterton by the sea in Devonshire. You can check out the programme A brilliant line-up that includes D...
Tags: Books, England, Country Life, Bach, James Naughtie, Dovegreyreader, Simon Mayo, Pleasings, Dame Hilary Mantel, Scala Radio, COVID, Morecambe Wise


Let's Preserve It ~ Beryl Wood - Apple and Mint Chutney

A request for the Apple & Mint Chutney recipe, and though I have never tried it, I will be very soon.  Having used my rather formal WI recipe book for years (no jars with names on, fill to exact distance from the rim etc) I found Let's Preserve It by Beryl Wood a few years ago and it rekindled my love of the preserving pan and this season especially, but really the book is an all-year-round affair. I love it for the way Beryl reckons if it grows you can preserve it. First published in 1970 (Nig...
Tags: Apple, Books, UK, South Africa, 2020, Country Life, Nigella, Beryl, Dovegreyreader, Beryl Wood Apple, Beryl Wood, Rose Prince, Grantly Dick Read


Preservation...

I hope this Thursday finds you well and not too windswept if you are here in the U.K. We’ve had to swaddle the greenhouse as usual in order to stop it heading for Wales. But lo, it’s that time of year again.  Time for the Transformation Challenge which this week is all about turning apples and tomatoes into chutney.  I perused the book, wrote the shopping list and headed out on a mission for gallons of vinegar, brown sugar and all those spices I thought I had until I realised I’d thrown t...
Tags: Apple, Books, Wales, 2020, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Ravilious, Transformation Challenge, Green Tomato Red Tomato, Apple Chutney


Orchids

I thought I'd share something that has kept me and my book room very cheery these last few months, though I suspect Moth Orchids might be a bit of a Marmite thing. Loved or loathed. Orchids always seemed so exotic back in the day didn't they. A costly investment requiring heated greenhouses and much cossetting, but this version, the Phalaenopsis, now perhaps verging on the ubiquitous, like the Swiss Cheese Plants and the Rubber Plants of the 1970s. Did anyone else have a prize specimen of Mon...
Tags: Books, Tesco, 2020, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Rubber Plants, Baby Bio Leafshine


Dahlias

Having inherited the dahlia bed from the Tinker (my dad, for any that haven’t met him here before) and the wonders he worked on it during his last two years living here with us, we have always felt an affinity with this little corner of the Tinker's Cott garden. I grew up with dahlias, but with no particular love for them until my dad started planting them here, and now it’s safe to say we are addicted. It's always a bit nerve-wracking because we don't lift the tubers in the winter. They stay p...
Tags: Books, Rebecca, 2020, The Garden, Country Life, Jill, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Black Jack, Peter Nyssen, Tales From Tinker's Cott, Charlie McCormick, Cornel Brons Arbatax, Downham Royal, Cornel Brons


Chicken Run the Third

It will be twenty-six years next month since we upped sticks and left town for country. Admittedly only six miles further up the road, but we’d found the location of our dreams, the place where we'd like our children to have some outdoor freedom, and the home we thought we’d still like to live in once the nest had emptied. And we're still here. I’m sure you’d all agree that the trauma of moving house is unsurpassed by little else on the stress-o-meter and our transit was no exception. I made...
Tags: Books, Tesco, 2020, Country Life, George, Babs, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Korky, Brown Warrens, Harriet Audrey Dorothy Judy Bunty


Hair today & gone on July 27th...

Have you all had the phone call... The one we’ve all been waiting for, at least here in the UK... Did you trip over on the way to pick up the phone because you couldn’t see where you were going... ’Hi Lynne...it’s Ed...’ ’EEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDD’ Ed is my hairdresser. He’s a good friend of the Kayaker and I had sent a nice message along the lines of  ‘tell him to ring your mother.’ I’ve been through the rumpled messy Carol ‘Gardener’s World' Klein look and am now heading for the full 1970’s pag...
Tags: Books, UK, 2020, New Zealand, Carol, Hampstead Heath, Country Life, Klein, Lynne, Lake Hawea, Cascade Creek, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Jingles Hairdresser Training School


Cyanotype Sunday (and Monday)

Goodness me, June already. Didn't that predicted twelve weeks seem half a lifetime away when this all began in early March, and yet here we are. Summer has been upon us for weeks in the UK and what a blessing it has been. The garden is looking wild and very lovely, I'll take you on a walk round soon. Last year I had a magnificent summer of indigo dyeing. So much so that I still haven’t used up all the fabric that resulted, but it’s a well known fact that blue is my favourite colour, so when the...
Tags: Books, Spacex, UK, International Space Station, 2020, Cyanotype, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Arts & Crafts, Prussian Blue


Morabor ut in cochlea pace

I know there must be gazillions of people struggling with all this but is anyone else finding their lives  are morabor ut in cochlea pace ...slowing down to snail's pace (thank you google translator ...high risk strategy and I'll await corrections from the classicists out there). And, setting all the worries and anxieties aside (and I no way diminish these, we all have them) perhaps not really minding that it has for a while... In fact I'm almost taking advantage of permission to do so before ...
Tags: Books, England, 2020, Brian, Hawthorn, Orange Tip, Country Life, Doyle, Davies, Marilyn, Richard Mabey, Brian Doyle, Dovegreyreader, Gilbert White, Little Toller Books, Selborne


We’ll Meet Again...

It’s is the seventy-fifty anniversary of Victory in Europe today. A day that marked the end of World War Two in the West at least, after almost six long years of conflict. Perhaps some people are thinking it’s time to let it go, move on, except we're far from thinking that. The lane is dressed overall and we are ready... My dad always said he could never fully share the elation of VE Day, having just been posted to a ship that would be heading to the Far East where the war was still be decide...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Germany, Singapore, 2020, Portsmouth, Hitler, Allan, Country Life, Oxford Circus, Flanagan, Allen, Far East, Len, Vera


Spring Inklings

With the greenhouse out there, bandaged to within an inch of its life and under siege from Storm Ciara, I’m sitting indoors and sending good vibes to my sweet peas and hoping they don’t all end up in Wales. My poor old greenhouse, now heading into its seventh year. We have fond memories of the day Bookhound dug out the ground and he and the Tinker raised it...all in a freezing cold, biting wind... From that to this...it was very pleasing One of the joys of winter gardening is thinking ah...
Tags: Books, Wales, US, Plymouth, Bishop, The Garden, Country Life, Cox, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Wuthering Heights, Barn Owls, Ebony Ivory, Peter Nyssen, Ogami, Orange Pippin


The Horseman ~ Tim Pears

Apart from the fact that I always get the author Tim Pears confused with the author Iain Pears, I had wondered where Tim and his books had been all my life and so I made a start. Well, this was back in 2018 and a summoning up of any draft posts behind the scenes revealed this written in July 2018, when the sun was shining. It seemed a shame to waste it, and I reckoned a memory of summer would be just the ticket for those of us in the midst of a Northern Hemisphere January, so eighteen months lat...
Tags: Books, 2020, Leo, Country Life, Tim, Dovegreyreader, Iain Pears, Torre Abbey, Devon Somerset, Leopold Sercombe


We need to talk about... Scent

I mean ‘smell’ too, but scent is a much nicer word. My first deliberate memory of scent is probably the tin of Dust of the Stars talcum power that seemed to be bottomless, and sat in our bathroom for as long as I can remember. Oval shaped and rusting around the base, it seemed to go on and on. Growing up there'd be a lot of excitement about the box of blue hyacinth bath cubes for Christmas which segued into Aqua Manda... and Kiku perfume (Kiku matching my bright yellow 1960s bedroom) but as ...
Tags: Books, New Zealand, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, We need to talk about


I’m going in...

Firstly, Happy Clock Going back Day UK and I hope you are all deciding when to have your special extra hour and what to do with it, as I do. The good news is that the clock in the car is right again for the foreseeable so there’s every chance we all be on time for things again.  Having watched the rugby and cheered on both teams yesterday, but been very secretly pleased that England won (because, not getting into any debate about it, the nation surely requires a feel good diversion and a sense ...
Tags: Books, Philip Pullman, Country Life, Dovegreyreader


A Day Out From Tinker's Cott... Morwenstow

I've been a bit lax with reports of excursions on here of late for which my apologies. I tend to put a few pictures over on Instagram
Tags: Facebook, Books, Atlantic, Cornwall, Devon, Neptune, Exeter, St John, Country Life, Hawker, Hill, Emma, St Stephen, Launceston, Cornish, Tomlin


Fueling Up at Home by The Pioneer Woman

I’m an early riser. Part of this is because I’m married to a cattle rancher and have been conditioned over the past 23 years to believe that getting up after the sun has already come up means the whole day is pretty much wasted. We’ve had summers where we were up before 4:00 am every day for a month straight, and I’ve looked sleep deprivation in the eye and buckled under the weight of its stare. At this point in my life, I couldn’t possibly sleep past 7:00 a.m. even if I had the opportunity to, ...
Tags: Colorado, Life, Dallas, Alex, Stuart, Country Life, Paige, Ladd


April Come She Will by The Pioneer Woman

Because winter was especially long, spring burning happened a little late this year…but boy, did it happen! A consolation for not being able to start burning until April, however, is that the wind has been so favorable to burning. With the exception of a couple of days they had to abstain due to the wind being strong enough to make my face ripple in a slow-motion video (which is precisely why I do not participate in any slow-motion videos), most of the days have seen gentle breezes…ahhhh. Oklah...
Tags: Food, Facebook, Family, Instagram, Food Network, Nice, Oklahoma, Alex, Country Life, Purina, Pioneer Woman, Drummond, Bryce, Ladd, Nan, The Ranch


The Gentle Art of Tramping ~ Stephen Graham

'The adventure is not the getting there, it is the on-the-way. It is not the expected; it is the surprise; not the fulfilment of prophecy but the providence of something better than prophesied.' Sometimes a book arrives and I can barely contain the excitement, and even though I had read The Gentle Art of Tramping by Stephen Graham in a proof copy I was still delighted when this arrived... A brown paper package tied up with string á la Sound of Music, to reveal... The book and some Ken...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, Instagram, Russia, Jerusalem, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester, New Zealand, Cambridge, Romania, Edinburgh, Vancouver, Mediterranean, Genoa


The Barn Owls...

I am resurrecting and merging two posts from eight years ago because, after eight years of nothing, for the last two weeks we have had a pair of house-hunting barn owls visiting the pole box each evening, having not seen any for a couple of years. We heard the owls before we saw them, initially thinking it was foxes, but we are really hoping they might exchange contracts and complete on this bijou residence this summer. For about a week they have sat on the roof, dived into the long grass, flow...
Tags: Books, Devon, South West, Country Life, Tamar, Western Power, Dovegreyreader, Barn Owls, Tamar Valley, Barn Owl Trust, Eric Hosking, Hugh Jolly, Prussian Blue Diamine, Westmoor Scheme, West Devon This, Biffaward


In Pursuit of Spring ~ Edward Thomas redux

For anyone in need of a bit of escapism, maybe a nice journey in search of spring (with apologies to the Southern Hemisphere), this year I'm giving you advance warning that tomorrow is March 21st, the day that Edward Thomas set off In Pursuit of Spring, travelling from the London suburbs, through Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire towards the Somerset coast. The Vernal Equinox  for the Northern Hemisphere (should all these things have capitals...I like to think so)  is actually today, March 20th...
Tags: Books, London, Earth, Michelin, Wiltshire, Edward, Somerset, Country Life, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Edward Thomas, Dovegreyreader, Toller, Vernal Equinox, Surrey Hampshire


Pleasings...in a week when I think we'll need them.

Thank you for all those wonderful comments on my last scribble and doesn't the world work in such mysterious ways...that I had written and pre-scheduled those thoughts on Skybound and South Island on the very day that the world's heart and mind was taken there as of one, in solidarity with New Zealand and Christchurch. My feeling and real hope, and I have to be optimistic in the face of such carnage, is that perhaps this might just be a turning point. Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minist...
Tags: Books, UK, Rome, New Zealand, Luna, Pompeii, Belle Epoque, South Island, Country Life, Gareth, Robert Harris, Sansom, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Wilhemina, Jacinda Ardern


A Plodcast...

I was persuaded by my media savvy offspring to record a podcast. 'What for?' I said, 'no one has time to listen to me rabbiting on, and in any case how on earth do I do it?' Feeling like a luddite off I went on a walk up four fields to the woods on New Year's Eve with the dogs, just to see how it felt to walk and talk to myself, because if I was going to try this then perhaps it would mean I could take you all on a few of my favourite walks around the Tamar Valley. I'd call them 'plodcasts'...
Tags: Books, Devon, Country Life, Dovegreyreader, Tamar Valley, Plodcast


Now we are a teenager...

Thirteen years ago today I started writing dovegreyreader scribbles and whilst I think it’s a nice little something to celebrate, Magnus, as you can see, is very unimpressed.. Heading for four million hits on over 4500 scribbles (if each one is approx 1000 words...er...) all I can say is thank you for your continued support and donations, and for reading and commenting and chatting to each other in comments as you do, especially given that I was only going to do it for a week. We might be pro...
Tags: Books, Country Life, East Germany, Bedford, Newbury, Magnus, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Nina Willner, J L Carr, Tinker's Cott, Forty Autumns, Rachel Trethewey Georgiana Duchess


Couch (Potato) to 5K (Paula Radcliffe) update.

I don’t want to shout too loud because I’m not at the end yet, but for anyone who might be missing the copious updates on social media and elsewhere, you ALL need to know that I am now into week eight of nine of Couch to 5k. This the NHS app that talks you from running for a minute and thinking you’re going to die, should never have started this and ha ha if anyone thinks you could possibly EVER run for thirty minutes, to being declared a RUNNER at the end of Week Six.  WEEK SIX??? I’m sorry f...
Tags: Books, NHS, Blackpool, Paula Radcliffe, Country Life, Mike, Dovegreyreader


A Garden From a Hundred Packets of Seed ~ James Fenton

I'm sitting here at my desk staring out at this... B The greenhouse swaddled and bandaged up in a valiant attempt to protect it from Storm Erik and any more Big Freezes, us having been a little too late to defend against the ravages of Storm Whatever-The-Last-One-Was. The door shunted ajar and the gale took out several of the back windows, now repaired. It's not so much the repairing, nuisance though it is, it's more the equation of number of pieces of glass x distance travelled across the gra...
Tags: Books, The Garden, Erik, Country Life, Ben, Lesley, Cosmos, James Fenton, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Tamar Valley, Black Peony, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Peter Nyssen, Tinker's Cott, Ben Ranyard


We need to talk about... Journals

...journals / diaries, I'm not sure when one word became more fashionable than the other, and now there's something called 'bullet journaling' which is very big business. I'm envious of those who sketch each day or event (and here are some brilliant ones on Instagram) or create beautifully artistic entries. It isn't quite what I strive or have the time for, though I have now succumbed to the joys of washi tape for a bit of added interest. But hold on, I'm feeling a bit smug because 2018 was the...
Tags: Books, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Country Life, Mariella, Robert Macfarlane, Jonathan Strange, Dovegreyreader, Norrell, We need to talk about, Newbooksmag, Mary Oliver RIP Mary, Reading Journal Details


Did You Ever Know that You’re My Hero? by The Pioneer Woman

I don’t go feeding with Ladd very often, because we both have busy mornings to juggle. But there was something about this morning. It was 10 degrees, icy, snowy, bleak, and I didn’t want him to face it alone. Also, I wanted to take photos. Ha.     Ladd does this every morning when the […]
Tags: Food, Cattle, Country Life, Ladd, Marlboro Man, Working Ranch 101, Ha Ladd


As I Was Flipping Through My Phone by The Pioneer Woman

I was flipping through the photo stream on my phone in search of a photo that I would never find, and along the way I came across photos from the past month that I don’t think I’ve shared with you. Or, if I have shared them with you, I can’t remember that I have shared […]
Tags: Family, Dogs, Life, Country Life, Marlboro Man