Relaunch of Wobbly Cottage!
Wobbly Cottage is back! It has always been working hard in the background and been joining in an experiment to try and launch a Community Bakery with other enthusiasts and the DT11 team, but numerous hiccups has seen that project stall. So back to full speed ahead in 2014, a new year with fresh hopes and exciting ideas. 2013 was a year where I mastered the pruning of the apple & pear trees in our orchard which was very rewarding with mountains of apples. We had perfect weather conditions for setting the blossom and we have enjoyed lots of tarte tatins, made cider and apple wine is happily fermenting. Wobbly Cottage is essentially me, Gill-chief baker and hubby Richard who is great with technical suggestions such as how to cut an enormous 14" diameter cake into 3 equal tiers (made for my sister's special birthday-no numbers mentioned!) which eventually materialised into an Almeria gateau. I was very pleased with the results and believe it was consumed with great rapidity, which hopefully speaks for itself. We, at Wobbly Cottage, can proudly say that we continued to win at our local village shows, taking the Gladiolus Cup, the Dahlia Cup, the Presidents Vase and the Cookery Cup in 2013. Let 2014 be equally successful and rewarding.
Back in the bakery

The Wobbly Cottage baker is back in the bakery!

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It's raining plums!
The crops in Wobbly Cottage Garden and Orchard are not failing us this year. The runner beans have been prolific as usual, but this year Wobbly Cottage won First Prize for runner bearns, French beans, courgettes and the tray of 3 vegetables at the local show which is fiercely competitive, but very enjoyable. I picked approximately 20lbs of wonderful Jubilee plums yesterday-it was a case of who was going to get the majority of them-me or the wasps. They are cunning little creatures which seem to instinctively know which are the best plums and go for them. The Victoria plums-yet to be picked-are not being attacked quite so much - good indicator of ripeness I think.. My IT experts were mercifully on hand to exercise their other skills as produce processors as well as consumers, and I'm grateful for their sterling help. Plum jam is in progress as is my latest venture of plum gin. Maybe i'll also try plum vodka and plum shrub (with rum)...