Happy Easter from the House at Nab End

Outside there is still snow on the ground. Temperatures have plummeted once again, and the sky remains unbroken grey.  But inside there are tiny treasures and tempting treats to enjoy. A Crown Staffordshire pepper shaker decorated with hollyhocks, just five and a half centimetres high. Royal Copenhagen hanging egg decorations depicting Spring flowers. Old jelly…

A beachcomber’s paradise

Our summer holiday came late again this year.  Plucked from England’s wintery world and placed in the south coast of Spain, I was able to indulge in a favourite pastime: beachcombing. My ever-patient husband was, as usual, unable to hold hands as we walked along the shoreline, as mine clutched a stash of beach-combed treasures.…

Conjuring in the kitchen – best ever banana bread

The thing I love most about baking is the almost alchemical process that goes on inside the oven: the fact that what comes out bears absolutely no resemblance to what went in.  It’s like creating magic in the kitchen. Banana bread has to be the ultimate example of this, transforming by far the most unpromising…