Anyway, here's the post.
Isn't it nice to be given a homemade gift? We were given 3 jars of lovely preserves from some friends recently (thank P & C!). They are marmalade, rhubarb and strawberry jam, and tomato pizza sauce. I'm looking forward to trying the marmalade and pizza sauce, have already started on the delicious rhubarb and strawberry jam...
We were also given a jar of strawberry jam (thanks to my mother-in-law). The last batch of jam I made, which was a mix of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, disappointingly did not set well at all, so it's great to receive some really well made jams!
In the kitchen I've been as busy as usual. Yesterday I made these Chocolate and Raspberry friands, as the raspberries in the garden have been producing quite well:
In the gardens, while the soil has suddenly gone very dry and hard as usual now that the rain has stopped. The potatoes G planted are all looking very healthy, despite lack of mulch (on the to-do list!).
We've had a regular visitor to the flax flowers in the garden. Tui are a native bird who have a beautiful bell-like birdsong and their wings make a fluttering sound when they hop around to feed:
|Tui on flax flower|
We've had a wet start to summer but then some nice sunny hot days. The sunsets are always good though -