Home Made

One of the perks of staying in a self-catering holiday cottage in the UK is the little gifts that welcome you to your new home for the week. The best (and often the most expensive) leave you with sufficient goodies to last a couple of days such as orange juice, eggs, bread, cheese, coffee and a bottle of wine! Along with scones, jam and cream in the south-west country.

homemade2Our perfectly charming, though tiny, very reasonable priced cottage in which we are currently staying close to the rugged west coast provided charming home-made jams and chutney, a lemon drizzle cake (sorry that’s long gone), fresh free-range eggs and a bowl full of chocolates. Along with a vase of stargazer lilies in the lounge and a jug of spearmint in the kitchen.

We have been thoroughly spoilt!

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

64 thoughts on “Home Made”

  1. What a lovely place to stay. Any recipe for elderberry and apple jelly? If you don’t have one, Mr Google probably will! I had a favourite B&B in my working days. It was called Bumblebrook, near Bega, and they offered similar delights and rural surroundings. There had to be some pleasures in an itinerant working life. Are you house hunting or holidaying? Or both?

    1. No recipe, though I did see one for elderflower sorbet somewhere, but I’m damned if I can remember where!

      Holiday AND house hunting. And enjoying both aspects of it 🙂

        1. Thanks! I remembered just after I posted my comment. My memory is hopeless these days! I must print out her recipe.

  2. That apple chutney looks good 🙂 They sound like nice folks. You’re not passing on the address/website? Enjoy your last couple of days 🙂

    1. I’ll write more about the cottage once I am home. We have limited WiFi here as we had to buy a mobile thingy. Apple chutney is delish! Had some with sausages today for lunch in St Just – very nice. Legs aching with all the walking! Even re-visited Cape Cornwall to get the photos I lost, but I didn’t go back up the summit, still very windy.

        1. Last full day tomorrow – off to visit Zennor which isn’t far away to see a church with a mermaid and a little museum – oh and have lunch at the Tinner’s Arms hopefully 🙂 Seen a few good prospects this visit. I have a GOOD feeling, but don’t want to jump the gun!

    1. If I was on my own this would suit me perfectly – even got a massive woodburner AND a delightful little garden!

        1. Perfect for a week, but we both love our own space – and OH needs a LOT of space for all his guitars 😀

          Nice to see you popping in BTW. Hope you are doing OK.

        2. Well don’t disappear altogether, I rather miss your honest and oft controversial opinions. You are a breath of fresh air M-R and I send you loads of love ❤ ❤
          BTW do you still attend the gym in your place?

        3. Naah – couldn’t afford it. Even with a discount it would’ve cost me $120 out of each pension payment. 😦

        4. Oh, that’s a shame if it helped with your back pain. How about the walking then? You see I DO miss you posting 😦

    1. Do you know that I can’t remember? I was thinking the other day how did I find it; possibly through Sawdays, I use their website a lot to pick nice cottages and places with a garden. It’s s true delight for a couple, beautifully styled, immaculate, clean and comfortable.

    1. Weather is stunning, blue skies every day, just wish the wind would stop passing through that iceberg on its way here!

    1. Stay tuned – cream tea on its way later in the month 😀

      We were in Penzance for one week then I added an extra week in Pendeen, right on the edge so’s to speak. A beautiful location, between the moors and the sea. Lots of mines, sunsets and hilly walks! I don’t want to leave…

  3. This sounds totally delicious all ends up. The blood orange marmalade sounds especially mouth-watering. And it looks so beautiful too.

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