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Quick creations

Despite the cool misty September mornings it is still incredibly hot here in western France.  A lovely extension to summer.  I’ve been busy in the kitchen today making two of my favourite things. A blackberry crumble cake with blackberries picked from the hedgerows here.  And a lovely nourishing whipped body Read more…

Calm Chamomile

“The bathing with a decoction of camomile taketh away weariness, easeth pains to what part of the body soever they be applied.” Nicholas Culpeper – Culpeper’s Complete Herbal There are wonderful patches of chamomile lawn in the garden here which give off the delicate appley scent of the herb when Read more…

Five festive scents

Five festive scents

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Read more…