Wicked and wonderful things in the valley

Our valley is one of contrasts, and last week reflected this.  It began with a slow burning fire on our mountains which had, a week earlier, been covered in snow.  Neither the farmers nor the conservationists not know what started the fire, although a human element is suspected.  The wild animals are fleeing down the mountains, … Continue reading Wicked and wonderful things in the valley

And behind the scenes….after…

I have a love-hate relationship with trade shows and festivals.  I have, in my time, been on both sides of the table - stall holder, exhibitor and visitor.  I have also organised a number of conferences, so I have a good idea of what goes into the organisation of fairly large events:  none of it is … Continue reading And behind the scenes….after…

Long, leisurely, Lord’s

We are very lucky to live in a beautiful valley that produces wonderful wine and creates fabulous opportunities for celebrating not just wine, but its talented cellar masters and wine makers.  The Robertson Slow Festival is unique.  It is a genteel, intimate and relaxed festival that spreads itself through the valley.  People come together in … Continue reading Long, leisurely, Lord’s

Eating to live and living to eat?

I enjoy preparing and eating food.  I lost my sweet tooth a long time ago, although I do enjoy the odd dessert from time to time.  My preference is for uncomplicated meals which, in old fashioned language, would have been known as "balanced".  Although not vegetarian, I prefer not to eat meat every day, eating quite a … Continue reading Eating to live and living to eat?

Sensational sandwiches

A sandwich is a sandwich, is a sandwich - or is it? Since mid-January, I have forsworn bread and potatoes.  I thought that it would be difficult, but it hasn't been.  I think that the main reason for this is that I made a decision that this was a choice rather than a rule.  It was … Continue reading Sensational sandwiches