‘Happiness is like jam, you can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself’ Author: Unknown
The weather in Manchester has made a return to its usual Summer windy, soggy-ness but that’s a good thing as you almost hear the plants sucking up the water. Everything is looking a bit more chirpy than last week. I’m still pottering along gardening in the shade, sorting out the house and making changes – it’s been a good summer so far especially as my arthritis pain just about disappears when it’s very hot.
I’ve been pondering a few things this week – in the garden as out and about. We’ve got a few trips planned including a trip to Derbyshire at the weekend and a WI camping trip in September. It was jam making of all things, that inspired my In a Vase on Monday.
For the flowers I picked are Achillea ‘Ritzy’ and ‘Heidi’. Their common name is yarrow. The pale yellow flowers are ‘Madeira marguerite’ – Argyranthemum. I couldn’t squeeze anymore stems into the bottle 😦 I promise I’ll do a bigger vase next week :-). Both types of flowers have appeared on the blog before:
- In a vase on Monday sunny yarrow oranges and reds 10 August 2015
- In a vase on Monday restful reds and pinks – 23 September 2015 red marguerites
- In a vase on Monday keep calm and carry on – 19 September 2016 – more red marguerites
- In a vase on Monday – a change is a good as a rest 26 September 2016
The titles of these posts made me smile – I am most definitely keeping calm and carrying on – and a change of scene is the right thing for me.
The ‘vase’ is a Chambord miniature it’s a black raspberry liqueur which can be mixed with wine, bubbly or gin/vodka. The bottle makes it seems as if it’s been around for a hundred years or so. However, it was launched in 1982, although it’s based on a drink made in the Loire valley in 17th Century. My vase is on a pile of cookery books – jam making, Nigella and WI – seems a good plan to follow their example.
Do have a look at the Rambling in the Garden where Cathy hosts the meme. She has many zinnia, rudbeckia and nicotiana in her vase today. Looking around everyone’s vases from around the world zinnias are popular this year. Cathy says they are fairly easy to grow so I’ll give them a go next year.
I NEED to make Jam soon – I am going on a Women’s Institute camping weekend in Cheshire in September – we stay in a Scout bunkhouse but you get the idea. We always have food competitions and one of them is jam. I’ve only ever made jam a couple of times and it’s been a winner both times (weird) as I’m not much of a pudding or cake maker – that’s My Chap’s department.
I’m probably going to use a similar recipe to this one:
Recipe – Autumn Fruit Jam
It’s a very simple recipe I use – 900g mixed soft fruit which included:
- about 300g v tart blackberries
- two big Braeburn apples – cored, peeled and sliced
- about 200g blueberries – only about 20 from the garden, most were from a well known supermarket 😉
- about 250g frozen raspberries from the garden
- handful v v tart red currants from my garden
- 800g jam sugar (this has more pectin)
The Method is here in the original post.
Have you got a favourite jam recipe? Or a favourite flavour?
A walk along the Bridgewater Canal and Worsley Green
We went for one of our favourite walks on Sunday – it’s about three miles and takes an hour. I picked blackberries too.
Here’s some pictures from along the canal, the Packhouse at Worsley Green. It was built in 1760 – the black and white Tudor style beams were added in the 1850s.
I’ve described this walk before – In a Vase on New Year’s Day – dogs, woods and walks
There were some ducks who made very good models too.
For the gardeners among my readers – The RHS Bridgewater Garden is about a quarter of a mile from Worsley Green. Work is coming along well and I’m hoping to go on a tour soon. I am so excited that this wonderful garden is coming to Salford.
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In the garden
We decided to get an arbour for the decking at the bottom of the garden and collected it this evening. I talked about the area on my latest blog post – Six on Saturday 11 August 2018
The petunias are looking particularly lovely at the moment too. I don’t think they’re much good in vases as they’d droop quickly 😦
We’ve also been sorting out My Chap’s sedum and succulent collection. I’ve been doing my photography prompts. The succulent planter makes an appearance in the photo above too.
Week 33 – from above
Like many things in life – it’s often a good idea to look at the bigger picture.
I am trying to spread more happiness for myself, My Chap, my pals and most of all my family. We are looking forward to a long weekend in Derbyshire this weekend. We are planning to go to Hardwick Hall www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick-hall. We will be going to Chatsworth House, another time as it’s a full day is needed there.
What do you have planned for the weekend? Do you have any recommendations for places to visit around Chesterfield, in Derbyshire?
Any favourite jam recipes or fruit combinations?
Let me know in the comments
Love Bec xx xx