Today I made some traditional Sussex dumplings to go with our lunchtime soup.
They are very simple and really rather dull. Make them by mixing plain white flour and some salt to a soft dough with water. Then scrape teaspoonfuls into boiling water using two spoons, or a spoon and knife. Simmer for 45 minutes, drain and add to your soup.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I surveyed a small back garden on a slope facing the sea. There was a bank of grass, a patch of brambles and convolvulus. A late cabbage white flew down the road and back. There were woodlice and garden snails under the stones, even a few sandhoppers far from the shore.
A Chinese woman from Beijing brought me a cup of green tea full of cornflowers, rosebuds and assorted leaves.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
When to the garden of untroubled thought
I came of late, and saw the open door,
And wished again to enter, and explore
The sweet, wild ways with stainless bloom inwrought,
And bowers of innocence with beauty fraught,
It seemed some purer voice must speak before
I dared to tread that garden loved of yore,
That Eden lost unknown and found unsought.
Then just within the gate I saw a child, -
A stranger-child, yet to my heart most dear, -
Who held her hands to me and softly smiled
With eyes that knew no shade of sin or fear;
"Come in," she said, "and play awhile with me;
I am the little child you used to be."
Henry Van Dyke [1852-1933]
The child is our granddaughter Elly, the place our garden in Sedlescombe on 26 August 2006.