Herefordshire Week 018: Tuesday 28 April – Monday 04 May 2020

This week featured foraging, pickles and preserves, a couple of longer walks on the lanes around and about 40A, and a good book.


On Tuesday morning, I did a “milk run” to the marvellous Locks Garage at Allensmore. They give away bags of fresh fruit and veg that’s passed its best before (I assume) date. We were the lucky recipient of a bag of celeriac and artichokes a couple of months back, and on Tuesday it was mini cucumbers and mange tout. I do like a bargain…

Over the weekend I made the free cucumbers into Sweet Cucumber Relish, (4 smallish jars, using 1/3 of the recipe) and Pickled Cucumbers (2 medium jars). I think they’ll go well with a BBQ.

I’m very pleased with the photogenic pickles and preserves produced!

Triptych: Sweet Cucumber Relish plus Spicy Pickled Cucumbers
Triptych: Sweet Cucumber Relish plus Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

Friday afternoon we had a Cock Pheasant visit the front lawn, and on Saturday evening Phil spotted a fox doing a very deliberate tour of the field across the road (which used to house the sheep). The photo doesn’t capture quite how fantastically good looking the fox was.

Cock Pheasant on the front lawn
Cock Pheasant on the front lawn
Fabulous Mr Fox
Fabulous Mr Fox

I did a long walk Saturday afternoon: Footpath to Wellfield – Camp Crossroads – Duffryn Farm – Cockyard – Blackmoor Farm – Kerrys Gate – Riverdale – River Dore Footpath to Abbey Dore Court – Home.

Sunny and smashing. I sighted my first swift of the season, and the hedges and trees were filled with birdsong, with the lanes similarly “full” (relatively) of other people out walking / cycling.

20 seconds of birdsong (video)
20 seconds of birdsong (video)

My iPhone can’t do justice to the many varied greens in our bit of the Golden Valley. Close ups of flowers are better. As is my ability to look up their names – the National Plant Monitoring Scheme Species Identification Guide (PDF) is super helpful as are Google and Wikipedia.


On Sunday afternoon, Phil and I did the Bacton route and picked some of the wild garlic that grows on the roadside about half way round, some of which I used in these Wild Garlic and Cheese Scones – very tasty and not at all char-grilled.

Wild Garlic and Cheese Scones
Wild Garlic and Cheese Scones

I used this recipe – but 1 egg rather than 2: Donal Skehan – Wild garlic and cheddar scones.

And yes, I DO love spreadsheets 🙂


The last of my food-themed photos is from Monday evening’s meal: a green risotto, featuring baby peas and broad beans (from the freezer/supermarket), fresh herbs (from my birthday present pack) and scissor shredded wild garlic.

I am not usually bothered about presentation, but I had some greenery left over, hence the garnish. One to remember!

Green risotto
Green risotto

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks in the company of Swiss traveller, Ella Maillart, and her friend and fellow traveller, ‘Christina‘, as they drive from Geneva to Kabul in Christina’s Ford car. The book focuses on their friendship as much as their travels, and has been made into a film, The Journey to Kafiristan.

I really enjoyed the book, but it did trigger the travel bug somewhat. You can read more in my short review here: The Cruel Way – Ella K. Maillart.

The Cruel Way - Ella K. Maillart
The Cruel Way – Ella K. Maillart

And finally, more photos from my week are tagged with Herefordshire Week 018 on Flickr.


Oooh – forgot TELLY!

  • Baghdad Central – excellent Iraqi Police-and-US-Occupation Drama
  • Westworld – starting at season 1. We splashed out on a subscription to Now TV. Episodes 1 and 2 resulted in nightmares.
  • Homeland – The End!