Yesterday, LD 2.3. was bright sunny and fairly cold. One of those autumnal days that call to you and encourage you to go for a walk. Lucy, John and I should have been in Suffolk this weekend to finish off our walk along the Stour and Orwell rivers. We are still able to travel for work, essential journeys or exercise but this is a fair distance from home and we couldn't justify the journey, so we canceled our room bookings. In the event it turned to our advantage as John has injured his foot so walking would have been slow and painful for him. Since the weather was so bright we took our exercise around the cemetery, completing 3 circuits That's almost a 4 mile walk by the time we get home. John's foot was sore at the end but he enjoyed the exercise. The cemetery has a lot of old graves, war graves and also an abundance of birds and wild flowers. There are still a few trees with autumnal leaves but most have fallen and in some places make the ground very slippery. The cemetery also has bee hives and there is now honey available for sale. It's slightly more expensive than the honey from the supermarket but we know where it has been produced and have watched the bees busy at work whilst on our walks.
At the weekend I always make a cake and this week Lucy asked for mince pies. She likes them but finds the shop bought ones have too much pastry on them for her tastes. I tend either to leave them without a lid or just add a small shaped piece on top. The pastry is shortcrust made with 50% plain flour and 50% wholemeal plain flour. Having used up all the mincemeat I filled the last few cases with lemon curd.
I also baked a white loaf using a new bag of flour and new yeast. It just kept on rising and produced a magnificent loaf. Richard wouldn't wait for me to take a photo. You can see where the top of the bread tin reached. I had a slice of bread with my soup at lunch time and it was delicious.