Best things about winter in the Dairy ... warm woodburner, good local food, walks and lots to do around here
The days in November have been good with warmer temperatures than usual, but when it gets colder it makes you appreciate the toasty woodburner - great to come back to after a long walk!
There are quite a few things going on locally - Long Melford has its Big Night Out celebration for Guy Fawkes Night, then there is the switching on of the Christmas lights in the local towns and villages, (in Sudbury its tonight). Bury St Edmunds has a very lively Christmas Market which is on this weekend, with 200 stalls and lots to entertain you http://www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk. Also nearby is Wyken Hall at Stanton, with its Saturday morning Farmers Market, together with the Leaping Hare Country Store (shown above) which has a great selection of local crafts and gifts for Christmas as well as a very good restaurant, the Leaping Hare http://www.wykenvineyards.co.uk
Its getting colder now and this week we have lit the woodburner each evening, so nothing better than to find that for the first time our Sweet Chestnut trees have produced fruit. They were planted 16 years ago, easy to remember as it is the year that Joe was born. The chestnuts, although smaller than the ones that you find in the shop are delicious roasted in a pan over the fire - one of the delights of autumn along with the November mists we are having at the moment! Below are other fruits that are ripe now, quinces,medlars and figs - all from the garden