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Sage, Tie Dye and Sunset

At Community Roots today we prepared Willow whips for planting and then I worked with P and G to take cuttings from the rather tired sage plant while the lovely Mr S worked on other jobs.

In November we put elastic bands on the veg bags so that they could be tie dyed. Today we undid them and this is the one I worked on.

We caught the sunset, the new moon and Venus in one shot this evening.



Cake, Tree and Supper

I made a Beetroot and Chocolate cake for the Volunteers at Community Roots today. It went so quickly I hardly had time to get a photo.

I love the way almost every house through the village of Chacewater has a small Christmas tree outside.

I served our Pork Balls in Tarragon Sauce with some Tree Cabbage harvested from Roots this morning. Find out more about Tree Cabbage  here.



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A Cat, A Dog and A Cake

We called at the station this morning to check on an upcoming journey and found Hector, the station cat, sitting all alone in the lounge. There’s a notice on the door asking passengers not to let him in as he has a kennel on the platform but I wasn’t about to sprag on him on such a bitter morning – if ever!

We only lasted at Roots for a couple of hours today as it was bone chillingly cold. We worked together on clearing old nasturtiums from the poly tunnels and generally tidying up in there. At coffee time, a charming little dog sat looking longingly at the cake that the lovely Mr S was consuming.

M had made a most delicious Orange and Almond cake and shared the recipe so, of course, I just had to try it this afternoon. It’s a really quick and truly scrumptious recipe.


Posted by on December 13, 2022 in baking, photography, Postaday2022



Cards, New Plot and Steps

We’ve had a really good laugh at Roots today, titivating the beetroot prints done last week.What an array of delightful ideas for making the prints more festive! Thanks to N for the photos of the cards. Click on any photo for an enlarged view..

While we were being creative in the warmth of the poly tunnel, the lovely Mr S and others were busy outside, preparing a new plot and digging out some steps.

New planting plot

Logan’s steps



Cards, Angels and A Carrot

One of our jobs at Community Roots today was starting to make Christmas cards by printing using beetroot. These ‘designs’ will be enhanced by one of our younger volunteers who did art at A level. Here is one of the initial prints. Next week, I’ll show you a finished card.

I sold two more angels today (two at choir yesterday too)  one, I discovered,  with a shell of Paua which is regarded as something special in New Zealand and I discovered the following by googling –
“It is believed that all varieties of abalone (including paua) strengthen the body as well as the heart. If a person wears jewelry made from paua shells, it is said that he can express his feelings to others articulately. They are believed to bring sensitivity, harmony, and connectivity in relationships. As this shell is found in a number of colours, it represents the beauty of life, which is ‘change’ that we experience every day.
It is a common Maori practice to gift paua shells to one another. According to them, this shell brings good luck, prosperity, and peace to the wearer.”

Volunteers always leave with some of the day’s harvest. This is one of the carrots we chose because it made me smile.


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Cake, Squirrel and Skyline

I made an ‘I love Beetroot” cake, to take to Community Roots this morning (made with beetroot  collected last week)  but for a couple of reasons, we couldn’t go.

I’ve been working on angels all day today and watching the squirrels in the garden..

On our way back from posting the little hat this afternoon, I caught the skyline on camera. I love the two finials and the weeds in the middle.




Pets, Pals and Spring Rolls

It’s alway fun to see these two little dogs with their owners at Community Roots.

Frazzle and Skipper with their humans during the coffee break

The lovely Mr S planted baby kale plants, then we both covered muddy paths with wood clippings. Later, while Mr S continued with the paths,  I was part of the tie-dye team where we laughed ’til we cried! This is such a lovely community to be part of.

Thanks to N for the photo

We had to leave before lunch today and very kindly, were given some home-made Spring rolls to take home. They were truly scrumptious dipped into a sweet chilli sauce.



Planting, Pizzas and Angel Wings

Fabulous day today as the volunteers at Community Roots planted trees and shrubs as windbreaks to protect the site from salty winds and later shared a delicious pizza lunch. Do click through the photos to see the captions. Some of the photos were taken by other volunteers and are here with permission.

Later in the afternoon, I cut wings for ten more Angels for Ukraine, tomorrow  I  will file all the rough edges and foil later in the week.

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Happiness, Volunteering and Pesto

It’s the first of the month and here is this month’s Action for Happiness calendar. If you want to know more or print a bigger version, visit the site by  clicking  this  link.

Today, Volunteer Tuesday, we helped to clear out one of the poly tunnels so it can be prepared for winter planting. Between us, we cleared the aubergine and tomato plants and harvested all the basil.  The basil has gone to each of today’s volunteers and many of us are making fresh pesto this evening.

It has been a stormy day with bursts of very heavy rain and thunder interspersed with blue skies and sunshine. There were moments over a delicious lunch of Spicy Pumpkin soup made by volunteers when we couldn’t hear ourselves speak!

So I made pesto too and tonight we’ll have Pesto Pasta.

Basil ready for pesto

Pesto in ice cube trays



Croissants and Carrot Cake

For our last breakfast before the family set off for home yesterday, LiveWire No 3 made croissants and very good they were too.

Using carrots from our wonderful Roots veg bag, we made Spicy Carrot Cake Tray Bake today – a Mary Berry recipe which works every time.

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