OK - I am a failure at Hot X Buns, but these are Hot X Apple Scones (without the X, obviously!), and glazed with ginger syrup from a jar of preserved ginger. They are AMAZING. My husband ATE TWO for his lunch. He NEVER eats my baking . . . I had to be revived with smelling salts!
I hope you can read the recipe. Shout out if not, and I'll type it up. Many thanks to the Waitrose Spring Harvest Cookbook 2016 from which is it taken.
These bought a smile to my face on a walk up by the river yesterday. The first Wind Anemones of the season.
Now that the river has dropped, you can see a tree which has been there a couple of years now has snagged some more branches brought down by a winter spate. A bit too difficult to get at with a chainsaw but there's a branch on the bank which might do.
Our favourite view upstream.
A lovely wild daffodil growing by the ruins of the old river-side cottage.
You can barely see what is left of this little one room cottage. A char lady lived here in Victorian times.
Mollyblobs (wild Marsh Marigold) growing in a damp spot in alder carr woodland beside the lane.
The remains of the more substantial cottage opposite the tiny river-side one. Legend has it that earlier last century the encumbants of each cottage - I think they had each lost their partner - married. A practical arrangement, but let's hope it was for love.
A piece of old farm machinery now has a tree growing through and around it. The cottage sits in a good acre of land, but now it's totally overgrown with trees.
Saxifraga oppositifolia (Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage) which abounds on damp ground hereabouts.
More tomorrow - off out the door shortly.