Had an interesting chat with one of the catering tutors from Stamford College who called in just to see what was in my funny little building - taking the jampot sign outside as a clue. It always astonishes me each time I am reminded that the safe preservation of food is not something that most of the catering colleges cover - it seems a "bear necessity of life" ( cue for a song) to me. Once we lose our fundamental understanding of food and how to grow it, cook it, and keep it, we're doomed. We can't always rely on 24/7 shopping.
Anyway, it's late and tomorrow is another - beautiful we hope - day.
PS I notice the elderflowers are forming up nicely so if we get a few fine days and some sunshine they will soon be out - start sorting out your bottles!
PPS all through this hectic week one of The Chix has been poorly and apparently at death's door. It's very stressful to watch her fade, but she won't let us near her s we are just trying to keep her comfy, clean and warm hoping she'll pull through but I don't think she will. The trouble is the vet said that by the time they display sickness they are too bad to help - its their natural survival kicking in. We'll see.