Chestnuts and paper chains

Dear Claire   I'm roasting chestnuts as I write - no better tradition at this time of year, when December is almost  upon us, the lights are twinkling in the windows and the snow is flurrying. I do miss the chestnut sellers on English street corners and their little blackened paper bags of steaming hot…

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Claire,   We had our first snowfall here a couple of days ago – the perfect moment for your warming, spicy apple cider. Thank you for the recipe! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. With everything that’s been going on in the world of late, I think it’s more important than ever for each of…

Helping a honey bee

Dear Claire,   It was so lovely to see you in Oxford, and I do hope it won’t be too long before we meet again. We were certainly blessed with nice weather that weekend. Since our return here it’s been very hot indeed – and much the same for you, I believe! We’re not the…