Tuesdays at Two (January 22nd)

In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan

Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone

Snow had fallen snow on snow, Snow on snow

In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago

Christina Rossetti

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“In the Bleak Midwinter” was originally a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, but became a Christmas carol in 1906. It’s one of my favourite carols, but the first verse is also a wonderful piece of winter poetry. And very apt for today’s view – bleak and snowy!

A Scone For All Seasons

We’ve eaten a lot of scones recently – they are simple and quick as well as being relatively healthy compared to a muffin or slice of cake. And since discovering I can freeze them before baking, I value them even more! Here’s a round-up of all the scone recipes I’ve posted so far…

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The Traditional

At any time of year, but especially in the summer, we love a proper English Cream Tea; fresh plain scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream, and a cup of English tea – mmmmm!

English Scones

Scones

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The Seasonal

In the autumn and winter I love to use cranberries in scones, and in combination with orange or lemon, or white chocolate (my latest scone experiment!) they are best eaten warm, just from the oven.

Cranberry and Orange Scones

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The Unusual

Last year I also added a little cocoa to them and used them in a rhubarb cobbler. Scrumptious!

Spicy Rhubarb and Strawberry Chocolate Cobbler

Rhubarb Cobbler

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The Fruity

Blueberry and cream scones are also tasty. Or drop scones – actually more like pancakes – with blueberry sauce.

Drop Scones with Spicy Blueberry Sauce

Drop Scones

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The Savoury

And if all these are still too sweet for you, how about savoury scones, simply with cheese and herbs, or a buttermilk version with dill for example.

Cheesy Dill Scones

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The latest addition – Cranberry and White Chocolate Scones – coming soon!

Enjoy browsing!

Book Review: Why Willows Weep

Why Willows Weep

edited by Tracy Chevalier

Why Willows Weep

Why Willows Weep is a collection of nineteen short stories written by well-known contemporary British authors (an impressive list, as you can see on the cover above!). They are all fables, explaining some of the mysteries surrounding our trees. For example, why are crab apples sour, why are lime trees sticky, and why does the horse chestnut bear white candles?

All the trees are native to the UK, and for every book sold, the Woodland Trust (the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity) will plant five native trees.

The book is magical, with a few of the stories really standing out above the others. Yet all are enjoyable. Each story is only a few pages long, and they are all linked by their style – brief and poignant. The simplicity is a gift. There is some beautiful language in there!

Some of my favourites were most definitely “Why Willows Weep”, written by Sally Vickers, “How the Blackthorn Got Its Flowers” by Susan Elderkin, and “How the Oak Tree Came to Life” by Maggie O’Farrell.

If you love words and trees, this will appeal to you… A moving, peaceful and charming read for a rainy Sunday afternoon!