Snow: beautiful but troublesome

Snow Garden

We’ve had the most beautiful views over the snowy season that lasted just until Stephen’s Day.  It was not without it’s problems however.  The temperatures dropped to -17 C a couple of days before Christmas – things froze badly and some did not recover.  The head gardener is an avid potato grower and has many varieties on the go – meticulously saving the best seed for the following year.  After last years unusual freeze he spent a few days constructing a special heat unit for the spuds this year.  The thermostat kicks into action once the temperature drops below 0 C.  To our horror the potatoes were well and truly frozen and most completely ruined!  We’ve never seen temperatures like this and a whole year of potatoes and onions may be destroyed.  It’ll be brown rice for 2011!

It has almost fully thawed and the landscape looks dirty and damp again so here’s a reminder of the beauty:


Kitchen View

If you’re feeling a little overstuffed we ate this winter slaw type salad on Christmas Eve with apricot glazed ham and they made a nice little match.

Carrot & Red Cabbage Slaw

For 4

2 carrots, peeled and grated

1/2 red cabbage, cored & finely sliced

1 apple, grated (just before serving)


150ml natural yogurt

1/2 lime – juice of

juice 1/4 orange

2 tsp honey


  1. Dissolve the honey in the lime & orange juice and add to the yogurt.  Mix well.
  2. Combine all the ingredients just



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