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The Folly Revived

Young Bertie looking out at what would appear to be a lovely Spring day. But he’s no fool, he was cosy and warm while it was freezing outside. I haven’t done anything exceptional this month, just been busy doing ordinary stuff. I went to my mum’s for her birthday and we both went to Folkestone for a walk in the sunshine.I’ve had some nice meals with friends, got myself another little job being a steward for Cheltenham Festival, that’s a week’s work in March, with the option of more on other race days if I like it. I did tidy the garden for an hour, particularly the pond which was full of dead iris leaves and needed cleaning up before the frogs arrive for their yearly frolic.

But it has been so cold, as it was again today. I went for a walk but only a baby’s walk – if it’s as cold as that on my side of the hills out of serious wind it was going to be diabolical on the top. The sunshine was nice but it was good to get home again.

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The Folly Revived

I had a brief detour to my man down the road to get a new battery fitted in Pacey. Then up the hills for a walk, not such a balmy pre-Spring day today. It seems to have been cold forever. This is one of my favourite spots – a long disused quarry. Something to do with the way it is shaped means that once you are in it you are sheltered from any background noise. It is a wonderful spot to sit in the sun. Once, a lifetime ago me and Worth tried to climb up there to the top. We didn’t.


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The Folly Revived

Baking again Last week I made this magnificent Lemon Meringue Pie. The Elf was coming today so I made this

As discussed previously with Andy, a good crumble is getting quite hard to find if you are eating out. Most are a miserable pot of overstewed apple with a sprinkling of muesli on top. This however is a proper apple and blueberry crumble. Fruit soft but not mush, crumble crisp and sugary on top, soft underneath, fruit /crumble interface sticky with some juice absorbed from fruit, and gloopy custard on top. This was very good indeed even if I say mso myself. As I have shared this with the Elf, the rest is mine, all mine. Stay away.


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The Folly Revived

This was what you get with your tea/coffee at 18-61, Cross Ash Abergavenny, actually in the middle of nowhere. This was not pud – this was after pud (which was stem ginger floating island in a pool of rhubarb purée and rhubarb pieces). Absolutely stupendous meal and a great driving road to get there if you have a Porsche or a JCW. Thoroughly recommended if you are ever at a loose end in the Brecon Beacons.