Late Summer

French & Godbold have returned from their summer adventures in the fields of Cornwall and a delightful tour of Paris, Brittany and Normandy. We have had a lovely summer. We’ve returned feeling refreshed, inspired and ready for our next round of creative endeavours. Our garden is filled with a plump late summer harvest, tomatoes, basil, quinces, pears, apples, beans, figs, cucumbers, peppers. There is an autumnal feeling in the air, the moon is large and golden in the sky and Michaela has begun baking again…what a lovely time of year.

Sussex Apples

A weekend apple fair in Sussex, a celebration of history, locale and abundance. Shown above, top left first, Mareda, Wadhurst Pippin, Mannington’s Pearmain, Sussex Mother, Edmund Jupp and Bossom. Also featured on the day [but not pictured] were Alfriston, Duck’s Bill, Golden Pippin, Knobbly Russet, Crawley Reinette and Tinsley Quince. My grandfather was an apple man, such a sight would have made him glad.

Grey Old Day

Its a grey old day today, a day for snuggling in cashmere, drinking cups of tea and baking pear upside-down cake for a good friend’s birthday tea. Its been drizzling all day, the garden will be very happy. On the weekend we worked on installing our new (old) fire. its a little French multi-fuel enamel tower. I am looking forward to sitting by it in the evenings, it will be beautifully warm when it’s working.


Autumn is in the air, wind, rain and cooling temperatures. Last night saw me snuggled on the sofa under a quilt, thinking about apple crumble. Very telling. The beans and cucumbers have begun to turn yellow, the holly is growing berries and our lovely pumpkin has ripened beautifully. I have just planted out new spring onions and leeks in an attempt to keep the garden productive, but there is no doubt the change is upon us.