Friday, 20 March 2020

Isolating in Derbyshire III

 Here is a picture of the loaf I made yesterday. It really isn't bad for non-yeast loaf. It is quite moist , with a nice crust. It is a little sweet, possibly because there is no salt and sugar from the beer. It didn't taste beery in any way. This is deffo  something I shall make again.

 As I said the other day, David has spent much of his lock-down time cutting and splitting wood. Some of this wood came from our old apple tree that is in our front garden. This tree is huge and very old. We sent samples from this tree to Brogdale for identification. They do not recognise it and say it was probably grown from a pip and that we can name it ourselves. David calls it Gilly's Pippin. We had a branch shear off a couple of years ago and now see that it is going rotten in several places and have been fearful that it would break and fall into the house. H. our eldest granddaughter's husband, who is a tee surgeon, has stepped in to make it safe. He has cut away all the dead and split wood, leaving some that could still thrive. It looks a little odd but it is now safe and there is the bonus of fragrant apple wood for the fire. Here is David ( 6 foot tall)  standing next to the tree with the end of the house in the background.
And here is H. up the tree, having removed two large branches and now tidying up a smaller branch.
Since then H. has dropped off some more wood from a job he has been on this week and David's cup now runneth over!
 On a sadder (for us) note. We have sold eggs, honey, veggies etc from the gate for nearly 40 years, using an honesty box. This has worked well for us and more recently, being self isolated means that we keep away from our customers!. However in the last week we have had eggs and sticks taken without any money being left. This is a first for us and I admit to being upset by it. People have often called us naive for being so trusting , but we have never had reason not to be. It really isn't the money that bothers me.
 Anyway, on a positive note, the hens are starting to lay well now and are happy to have some sunshine.
Back soon
Love Gillx


  1. I'm really sorry to hear some people have been so mean-spirited in the present climate. Not a nice thing to happen. I guess you can only hope they truly were in desperate need, rather than just being thieves. Your hens all look happy and healthy.

    1. I would happily give the eggs to those in need. Yes, the hens are happy not to be rained on!

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  2. I, too, am sorry to hear people are disrespecting your honor system. I used to buy honey that way. But your loaf of bread looks amazing! Did you post a recipe somewhere?

    1. The recipe for the loaf is in my last post. It's not like bread I normally make, but when push comes to shove it will definitely fill our tummies. Hope all well with you and yours Leigh.

    2. Great! Thanks Gill. We're doing fine here. We don't go out much anyway, and fortunately, don't need to.

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    1. Cheers. Taste pretty good too. Do you think it is a waste of beer though Tom !?

  4. Very nice looking loaf. My bread from the machine has a sweeter taste as well.

    God bless.

    1. Ah yes. I used to have a breadmaker and it did indeed make a sweeter bread. It is not as light as a yeast bread tho'

  5. What fame! An apple named after you - and what a HUGE tree.
    David is looking well after all the health stuff and you bread loaf looks very tasty.
    Shameful is what I say to the people nicking stuff - it totally stopped at the smallholding when we had the new kitchen with a window looking straight out at the stand. Hope you are able to carry on selling as most people will be grateful

    1. I know! autographs on request. David is quite well, certainly the best he has been for some while. We would have to sit at a difficult angle to see those at the ,, but we have never felt the need to before. It is such a shame.

  6. The farm shop opposite did it all by honesty box until a few years ago and then it all started disappearing when the travellers sites arrived all around us. Now you have to ring the doorbell.

    1. We can't work out if it is a sign of the times with Covid 19, though in what way I am not sure. But I am sorry to say it has coincided with the arrival of a certain family in the village. I do hope it is the former as no one wants to distrust their neighbours do they?


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