Our week that was: All about cooking and gardening

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This week was all about cooking and gardening. Even though I barely left the house, it was a very busy and  sociable seven days.

Preparing for our garden visit

Garden group visit

On Thursday, we hosted a garden visit by some of the members of our local Women’s Institute Garden Group and some from the village Facebook Garden Group. It was a glorious, sunny evening and the timing was just right – our garden is looking lovely with a lot of the plants currently coming into flower. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies and a tray of chocolate covered flapjacks for our guests to have with their teas and coffees.

People arriving at the Women's Institute plant sale

Women's Institute plant sale table

Women’s Institute plant sale & coffee morning

At the weekend, the Women’s Institute organised a plant sale and coffee morning at the Cottage. I didn’t get my seed sowing act together this year, so I couldn’t provide any plants or seedlings. Instead, my contribution was of the baked variety; pecan blondies.

The event was a great success, very well attended, and I went home with a tray of various flowering plants and vegetable seedlings for our garden.

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The Bear

Justin & I met in Brighton in the 1990s while working as chefs in the same Mexican restaurant. We both worked in restaurants, kitchens and bars for about 20 years each; because of this, The Bear appealed to us. First aired in June last year, the 8-episode series has received good reviews and numerous awards.

We watched the first episode and almost left it at that. It was full-on, high octane and made us remember why we’re glad we no longer work in the industry. We decided to stick at it, and we’re glad we did, we really enjoyed it. The acting, dialogue and photography were top quality; it left us wanting more.

The Bear is available to watch on Hulu – the second series is due to be released later this month (June 2023).