Dorset Apple Cake

It’s getting into full-on apple season and Dorset Apple Cake is what’s called for, just the thing for an autumnal afternoon tea.  It’s basically a plain sponge cake with chunks of apple.  Like most regional recipes there seems to be hundreds of variations. This is a version with just a touch of cinnamon for a little extra zing. Ingredients:…

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Vintage Reads

 A couple of books turned up recently with a real touch of class – ‘Upper Class’ that is.  Edited by Nancy Mitford, ‘Noblesse Oblige’ is ‘An Enquiry into the Identifiable Characteristics of the English Aristocracy’. Published in 1956, its contributors include Evelyn Waugh, John Betjeman and Nancy herself. It is a classic of its time. And this is a very tidy…

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More Vintage Sewing

      Breaking the ‘no old electrical/mechanical items’ once again – this was just too good and too much of a good deal to resist.   After the recent and highly worthwhile purchase of the 1950’s Jones CBE Machine this small scale  beauty turned up. ‘Your Little Sewing Machine’ by Singer dates from the 1960’s, it is battery…

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Merle and the Sofa

The sofa in the cottage is small, old, shabby and battered, but can be made presentable and cosy with lots of rugs and cushions. But Merle doesn’t look that happy about it. She prefers it when it’s like this…. Sofa nicely ‘Merlified’ – much better.

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Shepherd’s Huts

One of these has to be top of the Wish List. Shepherds’ huts are about the most romantic hideaway huts there can be.  Local Dorset company Plankbridge Hutmakers restore and make beautifully crafted huts, keeping true to the spirit of the classic huts but adapting them to more modern uses. They were part of the traditional sheep farming landscape and…

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At Buckham Fair

It was a fine day for the Buckham Fair last Sunday – in about as beautiful a setting for a small country show as could possibly be, in fields high on a ridge above Beaminster with views to the south of the town below and all the way to the sea once the sky had cleared and the sun…

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