Taking the Pulse
Supper last night was a staggeringly good recipe that I had saved from the weekend papers a few months back. You can currently find it online, about one-third the way down this webpage. It’s a vegetarian chilli cooked with tomatoes, rice and pulses and all in the same pot and a great opportunity to use packets of dried beans from the back of the cupboard. It makes a huge quantity so some was frozen for another meal and some will be added to minced beef and chorizo.
On a gloriously sunny day this week we strolled along a track under the Clifton Suspension Bridge beside the tidal reed-beds 0f the River Avon.
Past the bridge there is a steep climb up through Nightingale Valley where sunlight filtered through the deciduous trees onto the woodland floor.
Thick coatings of sphagnum moss and ferns, looking primitive and lushly green, were holding their own in the relative shelter of the steep terrain.
Snow drops were flowering on the high open ground…
I was given the sweetest posy this week bought from a very imaginative local florist les fleurs. My neighbour chose the flowers and the florist assembled them mixing texture and form with these soft and subtle colours. It’s an inspiration and arrived in a small glass container wrapped in pale yellow tissue paper.