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After a hectic week, it was nice to be able to get up late this morning and walk around the garden in my PJs with a cuppa! Actually I do this quite a lot! I managed to harvest some French beans, courgettes and tomatoes. The courgettes and toms went into another batch of chutney. I popped into see my sister yesterday, I never come away empty handed! She gave me some fresh red chillies out of her veg garden, and they were huge. So I used two of them in the chutney to give it a good kick. I made four jars of chutney.

On Wednesday evening I was invited as a guest to the W.I. Harvest Supper. They really know how to look after their guests, and the food was lovely, especially the fresh beetroot salad. The evening included a raffle, chatting to people and a sing-song with our local church organist at the piano. It's not all jam and Jerusalem! It's a valuable network of women originally set up for rural communities who get together once or twice a month. Each month they invite a guest speaker along and also have days out during the year. No I haven't joined yet!

I've been in a creative mood again this week and knitting small things with my wool stash. I know it's early but I found a cute pattern for Christmas trees. I've made a couple so far and felted one of them last night. They are really soft and squidgey and lovely colours. Anyway I'm off to make some fresh smoked mackeral pate with my new gadget (my new Kenwood food chopper). It's brilliant and I don't know how I managed without it :-)

Enjoy your weekend. Amanda x


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