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Flower Festival!

My local church of St Peter and St Paul in Pickering, is having a flower festival. And it is AMazinG! Theme is the Wizard of Oz.

Picture heavy …

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The cyclone in the church porch.

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The Straw man

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The Tin man

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And Lion

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Following the yellow brick road

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I like that there a re some knitted yellow flowers too

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A Good Witch

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Scary monkeys

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Scary birds

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And the emerald city

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Only people missing was Dorothy and her dog Toto, who could be found I think on the North Yorks Moor railway.

Loved it.

Joining with http://inspiredsundaymeme.blogspot.co.uk/

For some other lovely churches, looking a bit more conventional than mine.

 

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam and a bunch of WEEDS??

Isn’t it great when the garden produces such a surplus that you can start Jam Making.

This is the first time ever I have been able to make Rhubarb and Ginger Jam.

I followed a recipe from my much loved and battered Good Housekeeping book.

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

1.1kg (2 1/2lb) rhubarb-prepared weight,chopped

1.1kg(2 1/2lb) sugar

juice of two lemons

25g (1 oz) root ginger

100g (4 oz) preserved stem ginger,chopped

1 Place rhubarb in a large bowl in alternate layers with the sugar and lemon juice. Cover and leave overnight

2 Next day, peel and bruise the root ginger slightly with a weight or rolling pin and tie it in a piece of muslin. Put the rhubarb mixture in a preserving pan with the muslin bag, bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 15minutes, stirring frequently.

3Remove the muslin bag and add the stem ginger and boil for a further 5 minutes until you have reached set point. Remove any scum with a slotted spoon.

4 Pot and cover. Makes about 2kg(4 1/2lb)

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So what’s behind my lovely jam?

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Gorgeous bluebells, aquilegias, forget me knots and a little hedge parsley. They smell delicious-  of warmth and honey. And all from my garden. Aren’t these just lovely I ask Mr E.” Humph a bunch of weeds !”, says he. Whose right then?

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Him or me?

Anyone for tea then- brown bread, butter, jam and Earl Grey?

Linking into Handmade Harbour today.

 

 

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