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Socialising with visitors and friends, and Honey cake recipe

What a fun week we have had. Firstly we have had 2 lots of guests to the B&B and then we have had friends over for Sunday lunch today

It’s great meeting new people, especially nice ones, and having the time to sit and talk, and learn about other people’s lives. How interesting it is to talk about houses, old and new, to talk about areas of the country and the benefits of country living, to compare lives and find the differences and the similarities.  One couple who came to stay were house hunting and the other couple were on a weekend break.  The weather wasn’t always clement, so we sat our guests to warm  and dry out infront of the woodburning stove whilst sipping tea and eating homemade honey cake.

Here is the recipe for honey cake, it’s really simple.

HONEY CAKE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 170g/6oz clear honey
  • 140g/5oz butter
  • 85g/3oz light muscovado sugar (or I have used golden castor sugar)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g/7oz self raising flour, sieved
  • water

Preparation method

1.      Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3 and butter and line the bottom of a 7in/18cm cake tin.

2.      Measure the honey, butter and sugar into a large pan. Add a tablespoon of water and heat gently until melted.

3.      Remove from the heat and mix in the flour.

4.      When fully mixed, add the beaten eggs and mix well

5.      Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cake is springy to the touch and shrinking slightly from the sides of the tin.

6.      Cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.

7.      If required you can make icing as follows:

For the icing

8.      While the cake is still warm, make the icing by mixing the sugar and honey together with 2-3 teaspoons of hot water. Trickle over the cake in whatever design takes your fancy.

Then today, after our guests had gone, I started to prepare roast lamb dinner for our friends.  We were five for Sunday lunch.  I like doing roast.  It’s not much more work cooking for 4 or 5 as it is cooking for 2.  I’m not a fancy cook but Sunday roast is a favourite.  Followed of course by homegrown  blackberry and apple crumble – delicious!!

What a social week we have had, and what a pleasure to have a break from all the work that needs to be done.

If you would like to sample our honey cake, visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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Woodcutting for friends

Today we have been woodcutting for friends.  Our friends live in the next village Bishopswood, and have a thatched house, with no woodburning stove, so they have no use for all the wood from their trees.  They also don’t have a chainsaw, so they asked Neil if he would mind coming to their place with his chainsaw and chopping up some tree trunks. 

Neil tackles a tree stump

They  had already taken down some of the smaller stuff with a hand saw, but that is quite hard work when there is a lot to do.

So Neil went up there first and got going on the tree trunks still in the ground.  He also showed our friend how to safely use a chainsaw and he had a go too.

Our friend has a go at another stump

I followed on in my car so I had an empty boot (trunk) to bring back some wood in.  Us girls gathered up the chopped wood, and bagged it up.  There were quite a few bags of it.  It will be burning wood for next  year, not this, as it has to season first and dry out a bit, so we will have to stack it all up at home and let the air get to it.

 
Whilst at our friends I spotted our house in the distance, the other side of the valley.

Our house from our friends back garden

 

Our house is the white one behind the house in front.  Anyway it was a nice mild November day, with some watery sunshine today, so good for working outside.We helped our friends out and they gave us all the wood, so a good deal all round.

Come and visit us at Lodge House see www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk 

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