The track leading to one of Sussex’s newest vineyards is winding and just a little bit rough. I find myself humming the Jeff Beck classic “Going down a bumpy hillside, in your hippy hat”. Not that I’m wearing a hippy hat – the breeze on a mid-May Sunday is too brisk – and anyway it wouldn’t match my stout walking shoes.
We’re here to meet the vineyard’s owners, Kristina Studzinski and Ann-Marie Tynan, whose shared passion for good wine led them to establish a vineyard together. Continue reading Off the Line Vineyard
I’m a nosey person; the type who can’t pass a sign on a lamp-post without stopping to read it – planning application, missing pet or proposed parking restriction, you name it, I’ll study it.
And I’m a bit the same with gardens – I love poking about in other people’s open spaces, rootling in the rockery, sleuthing in the shrubbery, marvelling, admiring and dreaming of what I could do if I wasn’t restricted to a few patio pots. Continue reading Back to the garden
It’s all about the cake, ’bout the cake, no trifle
Meeting Charlotte White, the woman behind Restoration Cake and author of two cake decorating books, you can understand her company motto: “We Believe in Beauty, Love, and Delicious Cake.” Continue reading It’s all about the cake
In England’s wild and wonderful Peak District there lies a small market town with a long history. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the settlement grew up around a cluster of thermal springs which gave the place its name: ‘Badequella’ meaning Bath-well.
Nowadays the town is synonymous with one of England’s classic desserts, yet a mystery lies at its heart – one that is more controversial than the American cupcake vs English fairy cake debate and almost as hotly contested as the jam-or-cream-first scone rivalry of the West Country. Continue reading The Bakewell Identity