Growin’ In The Wind

March – end of summer

A glut of tomatoes this year didn’t go to waste – some were slow roasted with garlic, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil to make a delicious pasta sauce, some were given away and the green ones were turned into chutney.


False dandelions have sprung up all over the “cricket pitch”, the only section of our open field that was mowed regularly during summer – it looks rather lovely and we don’t have the heart to mow it now.


We have so many swallows flying around our house at the moment. The other day a baby swallow flew into the house and we could not get it to go out again. We could hear swallows calling from outside and there was a constant babbling going on, to and fro (they are very chatty birds).  Suddenly two birds flew inside (the parents?) and the next minute they all flew out of the door that we had left open. Could they have been communicating with each other about how to get out? This swallow in the picture was taking a break from the rain on our veranda.

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4 Responses to Growin’ In The Wind

  1. Judy says:

    The pasta sauce was buonissimo! Grazie mille.

    • Cathy says:

      Prego Judy. Sorry your birthday lunch at Caversham Mill was non così buono – that’s the Midlands for you. But the concert afterwards was meraviglioso!

  2. Paul and Christine Williams says:

    We made a sweet chilli garlic tomato sauce last summer that I am still getting requests for. If you would like the recipe let me know.
    Did you put onions in the pasta sauce? We use quartered onions in ours.

    • Cathy says:

      I would love the recipe, thanks – is it possible to email it to me at I didn’t cook onions with the tomatoes but when I made the pasta dish, I added some fried onions to the tomato sauce.

      My friend Judy is visiting me this weekend (Friday is a holiday) and she is going to help me make granadilla curd and lemon curd for the first time. My hens lay 4 eggs a day so I’m always on the lookout for egg based recipes – any suggestions?

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