Sunday, 9 October 2011

Dahlias and home brew

I got these lovely dahlias on my way back home through a trail of Lincolnshire villages. They were on sale outside someone's house for £1 a bunch and I couldn't resist getting two. They're a bright, though temporary, sunny souvenir. All week I saw lots of home grown produce for sale on little tables outside houses - flowers, apples, vegetables and eggs - and it felt very bountiful and autumnal. I loved that people were selling things they'd grown themselves.

Speaking of home made, today is the beginning of my Homebrew Experiment. I've been wanting to try it for awhile so today I got a 'U Brew' 7 day white wine starter kit and got it going. The boozy experiment is now sitting on a tray on the coffee table, fermenting and looking totally out of place, but it's the best place in the house to keep it at room temperature; the cellar and spare room are too cold, it would be in the way wherever I put it in our bedroom and the kitchen is tiny.  In seven days I'll have six bottles of something...I just don't know if it will be drinkable or, er, something else.


  1. I think it is so totally cool that people were selling produce and flowers in front of their houses. Is that a normal thing in England? I'm not sure why, but it really gives me hope somehow.

    Best of luck with your brewing project... that's one thing I've never been brave enough to try. Fermented things frighten me in general - don't even get me started on my feelings about kimchi!

    Thanks again for stopping by my blog and for your kind words regarding my comments on Down to Earth. I was sort of afraid I might come across as confrontational or something and that wasn't my intent.

  2. Some people living in the countryside here sell eggs and sometimes veg outside their homes but I’ve never seen so many as coming back from holiday, it was great. It’s a good way of getting fresh, free range eggs round here without supermarket prices attached.

    The home brew will be ready to bottle on Sunday –I’m quite excited!

    I think you managed to come off as not sounding confrontational on Down To Earth; it’s a hard balance to strike sometimes.