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Taking the Pulse

February 9, 2017

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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.

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Past the bridge there is a steep climb up through Nightingale Valley where sunlight filtered through the deciduous trees onto the woodland floor.

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Thick coatings of sphagnum moss and ferns, looking primitive and lushly green, were holding their own in the relative shelter of the steep terrain.

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Snow drops were flowering on the high open ground…

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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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2017 9:12 pm

    What a great place to walk. That moss looks even thicker than here. I’ve been thinking about planting pockets of ‘special’ snowdrops at the base of trees in the thick moss that dwells there. The common snowdrops seem to love it. At the moment I have some in one of the terraced raised beds but some critter or other is having them for breakfast.

  2. February 15, 2017 5:58 pm

    That is a lovely posy and I have to ask whether you know what the plant that looks like a cross between shepherd’s purse and alyssum is (because I have a vase containing the same flower and it is killing me not knowing)?

    • February 15, 2017 6:38 pm

      My guess is that it was Forget-me-Not without the flowers.The friend who gave me the posy agreed with me that it was intrinsic to the design even though it was probably a weed, It could be alyssum but what it reminds me to do is to use crazy flowers and weeds in my cut flowers from now on!!

      • February 15, 2017 6:49 pm

        It think it must be something florists have just discovered, to get it in two different arrangements so far apart. But if the outcome is that we become more adventurous in our own vases then that is marvellous!

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