A December day with no rushing.

We have taken time out of shopping, wrapping, card writing and rushing. These are December days as they should be.A 5 mile walk around the countryside of Alresford in Hampshire, a leisurely lunch and a small unrushed bit of window shopping in small privately owned well thought out shops, I don't count that as shopping!

Devils Bridge Waterfalls.

Devils Bridge Waterfalls and nature trail is in Aberystwyth Wales.

There are three famous bridges, one built on top of the other. The lowest is the Devil’s bridge, a simple stone arch which, despite its name, is thought to have been made by the monks of Strata Florida abbey, for it lies on the route between their former hospices for travellers at Ysbyty Ystwyth and Ysbyty Cynfyn (near Parson’s Bridge). The river itself also takes its name from the holy men, mynach being Welsh for monk.

Watercress and potato soup

Summer seems to have gone, and now we need to keep away all the illnesses that autumn  and winter brings.

We make soup in our home, lots and lots of soup. It's so easy and most soups are a quick meal in themselves, accompanied with a massive chunk of healthy artisan bread.

Autumn has arrived.

Autumn has arrived in our home and garden, it is my favourite time of year. Beautiful colours, amazing food, nice walks, cosy evenings, pumpkins and squashes (not just for halloween),  and if you are really lucky a trip to New England for the fall.