Mummy Barrow Gin Club

  It seems strange that it was only a couple of years ago that I had never tried gin.  That when asked if I wanted a G&T I would always say “hmm no thanks, I don’t like it”.   And now here I am launching my gin club.    But since realising it wasn’t gin

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Window Wednesday — Deal Castle

We have Catherine of Aragon to thank for Deal Castle.  Sort of.   When Henry VIII decided he wanted to annul the marriage it caused ructions with the Pope of the time, and also with Catherine’s nephew who just happened to  be Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor.   Having  annoyed these two men Henry

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Tea without bags or in fact tea

I know.  I don’t really know where to start with this one but when I heard about an “innovation” in the making of tea on the Food Programme on  Radio 4 last week my ears pricked up. As you know, I am a huge lover of tea.  Our Sage Appliances tea maker is one of my

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#GBBO Batter week — Bounty Waffles

I know.  They didn’t make waffles on #GBBO last week, even though it was batter week.  They did churros (we don’t have a deep fat fryer), filled Yorkshires (I didn’t have time) or lacy pancakes (yeah, can you imagine me, the heavy handed one trying to make lace pancakes?!).     Nope if I am

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#HDYGG — How to grow a gin garden

Quite why I decided I wanted to plant a gin garden I don’t quite know.  Hell three years ago I didn’t even like gin. But then I discovered that it was tonic water I didn’t like and that I actually did like gin.  A lot.  Though in my defence I do drink it with waaaayyyyyy

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Goodwood Revival 2016

Goodwood motor circuit was born shortly after the RAF closed their Westhampnett base at the end of the Second World War and the landowner, Freddie March, decided to turn the perimeter road into a Motor Circuit.   For 18 years it became one of the most prestigious tracks in the world before closing its doors in

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5 Perfect Family Camping Spots In Europe

  These days, family camping holidays are less about going back-to-basics and more about discovering Europe’s most wonderful hidden gems. It’s not until you set your sights at least a little off the beaten path that you realise quite how dramatically diverse and deeply beautiful our very own continent can be. So if you’ve been

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#HDYGG — Chawton House Library

  Yesterday I took you around Chawton House Library, former home of Jane Austen’s brother, and today for How Does Your Garden Grow (#HDYGG) I am sharing some pics from the garden.   One of the most fascinating gardens I have ever visited. Andrew, the garden manager, arrived less than a year ago but has

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