An Abundance of Eggs

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I remember from previous years, that we go from having no eggs through the winter, a couple of eggs a day as we come into the new year and then BAM… we are getting 8+ a day. Now we like eggs, but even we can’t eat that many! I’m selling some to my friend, but even then we’ve got more than we know what to do with. So I’m egg recipe searching, I am hoping to find inspiration, something other than the obvious – omelette, frittata etc. Result – well there are lots of ideas, one recipe, egg curry, reminded me that D used to make that and it was delicious, so that’s definitely one for the plan. I found this as well which I think we’ve had before, so that could be another one.

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We have a fair few chickens now and we also have runner ducks. We’ve actually got more than we had last year as we rehomed my friends 7 duck’s, when her landlord told her she needed to get rid of them suddenly. One of them then got broody and hatched out 7 chicks, 5 of which survived. We’ve since lost 2 ducks, 1 of my friends and the 1 we had left from our group of 4. Then our neighbour was moving house and asked if we could rehome their chickens so we added those to our lot, making about 11 chicken and we have a cockerel. Dave’s now got plans to extend the run and build a proper pond, hopefully we’ll get chance to do a bit this summer.

So hopefully next time you visit I will be able to show you a photo with less eggs and maybe have some

egg recipes to share.

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We are very lucky though, fresh eggs from the garden everyday and I love all the different colours and sizes we get. We did used to know which chicken laid which egg, but now with all the new ones, we’ve not had chance to work it our yet.

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Ok I’ll leave you with that eggcelent photo and hope you have an eggciting (sorry couldn’t resist) week and hope you can stop by again soon E x

 

Afternoon view

I posted earlier, but I’m still sitting at my desk and because the sun has gone round the side of the house, my view looked a lot more sunny so I took a quick snap. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and it’s just beautiful out there. Went for a dog walk this afternoon and it was lovely.

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See you again soon E x

Spring is in the air

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It’s a glorious day again to day, we seem to be having a few just recently which are very welcome, although I need to remember to drink more water! This is my view while sitting at my desk and I can hear birds tweeting and it’s so lovely.

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Had a glorious day the other day as well and the sunshine was pouring through the kitchen window and my beautiful jug of tulips were opening and it was such a lovely sight I had to take a photo of them to share.

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I’ve had a kitchen chair for a while that’s been waiting to be painted. Well the other week I decided it was the time, so I went and purchased some Annie Sloan chalk paint, Provence…

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and set about painting the scruffy chair to transform it into….

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I’ve probably said many times before, when I take wider shot photos in our house. We are slowly renovating our cottage and the kitchen was the first room we did, but we got it to the stage where we could use it and everything is fitted etc but we haven’t done finishing touches and general decorating yet. Mainly because the en suite, which is what we are doing currently, is above the kitchen and there are some things that need doing to the floor which will affect the kitchen ceiling, so when we’ve finished the en suite, we’ll come back and do all the finishing touches and paint etc the kitchen and the rest of the downstairs. Can not wait until it’s all finished.

I also made a new seat cushion and found this lovely orange and white spot oilcloth fabric in Dunelm, which I think goes really well with the gorgeous Provence coloured paint.

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Please excuse the detritus that you can see in the photo above. Our garden is in desperate need of a jolly good tidy up, plus coming out of winter is never the best time to show off a garden, well ours anyway. I found this hellebore which has grown where there used to be two big hazel trees, I’m not sure if it’s been there all the time but never been able to grown much because of the trees or whether it was dumped there when we were clearing the area and cutting some trees down. Either way I love it and it’s so pretty, I’m very tempted to cut some and bring them inside, but I know they won’t last long cause it’s quite warm now with the Rayburn still on and the weather getting a bit milder.

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I’m not sure if I’ve posted any photos of my bunnies before. This is Wilson my French Lop, tucking into his tea.

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Wilson lives with Daisy, who we adopted from Pets at Home, I think they work with a couple of charities and have some animals in the store that are up for adoption. I went in for some bits and bobs one day and came out with Daisy. I was intending on getting Wilson a friend, I didn’t want to get a baby and liked that I could give her a home. She’s a dwarf lop, so a little smaller than Wilson.

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Wilson.

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This is my third rabbit, Melli. I will explain her name as it’s a bit unusual but there is some logic to it! Her colour in the rabbit world is ‘yellow’, we’ve had a lot of rabbits in the past and they all had music related names, for example we had a boy called Lemmy, a black bunny called Sabbath, a girl called Jessie and Angie. So when I got Melli I wanted to carry on that way (Daisy came with her name and I thought Wilson suited him, although there is a music connection anyway). Because she’s yellow, I thought of the song Mellow Yellow by Donovan, it’s a bit old school, you can find it on YouTube if you feel intrigued, but that is how she got her name. Melli is a Giant Continental and she’s got HUGE ears and she is quite a big girl. I do love the big rabbits, I find they are so laid back and not as skittish as we’ve found the smaller rabbits to be.

I will have to get some more photos of the rabbits over the summer. All photos are made better when the sun is shining and they are brightened up.

I will be getting my camera out more over the next week or so and taking more snaps, I’ve got really lazy over the last few months and I need to change that.

Right I’m off and I’ll see you again very soon, with some more photos and more goings on from Well Lane Cottage, I hope you can join me. E x

 

 

 

Our Weekend

Pancakes were on the menu for lunch on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. They are a firm favourite here at Well Lane Cottage and most weekends I make up a big jug of batter and stand at the hob for about an hour, pouring, flipping and rolling.

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My current read, I’m more than half way through it and enjoying it so far. It’s a lovely little book and I’m enjoying snuggling up on the sofa, when I get chance, to read a few pages.

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The boys had the big Lego box downstairs and were happily building houses, hospitals, cars and motorbikes. Lots of fun is had with Lego and there’s more requests for it on both boys’ Christmas lists.

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Little Man was also busy writing little notes to everyone. He really loves drawing and writing and has his pencils and pens out everyday making beautiful pictures and writing stories, he’s pretty good at them too for a 5 year old.

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I treated myself to a hyacinth bulb from the greengrocers the other day. I love these little bulbs and can’t wait til the flowers arrive and bring their gorgeous scent to fill the house.

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My Mum bought me this amarylis, it was a little kit you plant yourself. I potted it up the day after she gave it me and within a couple of days it had grown a couple of centimetres. I do love these and I love them when you can watch them grow right from the bulb, makes it so much more special.

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I got this beautiful blue glass picture from my Granny. It’s so pretty and I really love it hanging in our kitchen window, with the sun shining through it.

Hope you’re weekend was filled with family, friends and fun. Only two more until Christmas, enjoy, see you soon, take care. E x

 

 

Be Ro Carrot Cake

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My mum bought me this book when we first moved into our house in 2009. She had an older copy and I made countless batches of the rock buns when I was younger., they were like my signature bake.

I must admit, this isn’t my usual go to baking book. I tend to pick up my Peyton & Byrne book or the River Cottage Cakes book. But every once in a while (mainly when my ingredients are dwindling and I know I don’t have the bits I need to make my usual bakes) I go to this one and today it didn’t disappoint.

After flicking through it a bit, I came across page 63, here it is…

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The recipe at the bottom caught my eye for one reason really. Not, like most people might imagine, that I’d like to eat it or that it’s one of my favourite cakes, but because we’ve got quite a few carrots that could do with being used. So that was my decision and after checking we had all the other ingredients I set about measuring, grating, mixing and pouring.

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Into the oven for 40 minutes and hey presto…

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While it was cooking I made the icing, now that does taste yummy, I tested it!

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Finally the cake was cool enough to put the icing on and even I’m tempted to try a piece now. I love having a cake on my comport, I do aim to have one on there most of the time, but I’ve been making a lot of biscuits recently so cakes have been very few, well not existent actually. But that’s all changed and I think D will be very pleased when he sees it tonight, I’m sure it won’t stay whole for long. In fact Little C was asking to have some even before it was in the oven, he really doesn’t like things needing to be baked.

Here it is iced…

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Cut into squares, it wouldn’t fit under my cake dome whole…

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Minus 2 pieces (the boys had to try a piece and it got a big thumbs up), and stacked to fit under the cake dome.

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I’m thinking it won’t last long, cutting it will have made it easier to grab a piece, D will definitely be having 2 pieces at a time.

You can see the recipe in the photo above, so I really recommend you try it if you like carrot cake, or know someone who does. It really does look lovely and the sponge looks light and moist and if it gets a thumbs up from my Little Man it must be good.

Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday weekend and please do pop in again soon to say hello.

Take care. E x