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Planting a Perennial Veggie Plot Makes Sense

Planting a Perennial Veggie Plot Makes Sense

As spring arrives people are getting out there and making the garden ready for planting this year’s vegetables, it’s something that happens the world over. At Knowle Cottage, we had two veggie plots, one which we managed traditionally and the other that...
Is Progress Always a Change for the Better?

Is Progress Always a Change for the Better?

Good Afternoon Tess. My this is a hard subject you’ve asked me to give an opinion on. Progress and change, mmm. As you can imagine I’ve seen a great many changes over the years, it’s something that can’t be avoided when you have been around as...
Compost Isn’t the Only Use for Veggie Peelings

Compost Isn’t the Only Use for Veggie Peelings

You all know by now that I loathe waste, always have done. As a young wife and mother money wasn’t just tight it was almost non-existent. If it hadn’t been for the tried and tested methods my mother passed down to me we really would have had times when the...
How to Cook The Cheapest Cuts of Meat

How to Cook The Cheapest Cuts of Meat

Good morning dear, How are you today? I am very surprised you have asked me for advice on cooking meat. With you writing cookery books and doing all that canning stuff I was most surprised. Well, I’d better get on with it then if that’s what you want. With...
Why Everyone Should Have A Rag Bag

Why Everyone Should Have A Rag Bag

As soon as I decided to get on and make some pastry yesterday I remembered what I was going to tell you about the day before! Rags. It seems very old fashioned to have a rag bag, or in my case a rag box, but I couldn’t consider not saving bits of fabric. Most of...
Common Sense and Prepping Go Hand in Hand

Common Sense and Prepping Go Hand in Hand

Good Morning Tess, I hope all is well over there. Well, I’ve been doing a great deal of reading over the last week or so, such interesting things you and your friends write, certainly some of the articles made me stop and think. I’m not entirely sure that...
Central Heating Isn’t All Good

Central Heating Isn’t All Good

Morning Dear, it’s funny you asked about central heating last night. Edith and I had just engaged two of the grandchildren in a rather, well, heated exchange about that very thing. We have radiators all over the house, they can each be controlled by using the...
How We Kept The Cottage Warm in Winter

How We Kept The Cottage Warm in Winter

Morning Tess, I read that article you sent me. All seem very sensible suggestions, but as you thought, it was very different at Knowle Cottage in winter. I had to do the very opposite of some of the things that the gentleman suggests. For a start off the door to the...
Using Vegetables to Thicken Soups and Stews

Using Vegetables to Thicken Soups and Stews

When I look at food these days the colours amaze me. Everything is so bright, unnaturally bright. The foods I prepared had none of this brightness, mainly because there weren’t any additives in it, no artificial colours and flavourings. Of course, not all food...
David’s Complacency Could Have Been The Death of Him

David’s Complacency Could Have Been The Death of Him

Evening Dear, I hope all’s well over there. We are having the most terrible weather over here, torrential rain, sleet, hail, snow flurries and gale force winds. One of the grandsons came over to see if Edith and I were alright last night. He’s a sweet boy...
Recycling Christmas…Granny Spear style

Recycling Christmas…Granny Spear style

Good Morning Dear, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year will bring you health and happiness. I can’t believe how fast time is going, even this early in the year. We had a very busy time over the holidays and both me and Edith are quite worn out....
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