They are in the pan as I type this cooking down to be put through a jelly bag overnight.
And my beetroot chutney is almost done. The jars are warming in the oven – must go and check it.
Wow, as a result of being featured on the Freshly Pressed page last week, there were 1152 visits/hits to the blog last Thursday. Normally visits range between 10 – 30 on a good day!
I want to say, a big heart felt thank you to all you wonderful people out there who popped in, said hello, left comments, liked, or decided to follow Daisy Donut, and thank you to the WordPress team for featuring Daisy Donut on Freshly Pressed last week.
All your kind comments have encouraged me to keep going with drawing and sketching. So much so that this weekend past, whilst at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival I got my sketch book out and sketched dancers of all things.
Twelve months ago I would have laughed if someone had told me I would be attempting to do quick sketches of people dancing. The Shropshire Bedlams are one of my favourite Morris groups, partly because their dances are exciting and noisy and partly because at the end of their set they scatter through the crowds, roaring at the tops of their voices. At the moment I struggle with faces, hands and feet (lots of practice required).
From a sewing point of view, the Bedlams shirts are fascinating. They are made up of lots of oblong scraps of cotton fabrics stitched onto a check shirt with masses of silver bells stitched in amongst them. The result is a wonderful raggedy, colourful, tinkly, fluttery mass of cloth. I wish I’d had my camera with me to take a sneaky close up, as I found myself spellbound by the scraps fluttering around in the breeze, wondering what all those pieces of fabric had been in a previous life.
Here’s the chutney I mentioned I was off to make last week. It’s been put away in the cupboard until the C word time is here (it’s far too soon to be thinking about it let alone mentioning it, particularly as we’ve had no summer to speak of here in very wet Wales) - it takes about 3 months to mature. The recipe can be found here.
Toodle pip for now
Jane & Daisy xx