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This month I wrote a piece for the NCF. It will be published as A cook’s meditation and it is about my own personal experience, and the cooking during the wonderful 10 day Koan retreat  last September, led by Simon Child. The piece will appear in the next New Chan Forum Journal and these are a few photographs to accompany the piece of writing…

 

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Fruit Chutney

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Preparing BreakfastImageiImagePlum CakeImagePink Lentil Cottage PieImageImageImageStuffed AuberginesImageWalksImageAfternoonsImageA window to cloudsImageWe want to play too…

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A few days ago we decided to turn the  Rayburn back on. Almost  overnight  the temperature has changed, it feels cold, darker, and we already lit a fire in the living room.  Autumn is here, colours are turning. Rather than sadness, I feel happy about the summer we  had, grateful, a gift and a good reminder that we can all bask in Britain sometimes, drop the coats and woollies, walk barefoot, get kissed by the sun.

So rather than a grim farewell, here are some of my summer highlights…

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Small naps floating on buttercup fields…

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The first borage flowers…

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English Cottage gardens..

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June Wedding at the farm… Wildflowers!

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Summer Solstice

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Sofia’s Prom

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Car Boot Sale!

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The need for Watermelon…

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Quail Egg lunch

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rolling hay…

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visitors…

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more visitors…and peonies!!!

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Siestas…

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Western Zen Retreat…

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Summer in Wales…

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Day at the beach / Devon…

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Someone loves the lovage…

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Double Rainbows in Devon

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So many butterflies…

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Light fragrant lunches

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Foodies in London … Broadway Market , courgette flower tempura, and edible flowers, sister fun.

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An attempt to Glamping…

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Luncheons with eccentrics

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A reading of Feeding Orchids to the Slugs at the wonderful Arts Barge Tent at Galtres Festival

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Biggest Thunder Storm I have ever experienced in England.. didn’t stop Sofia having fun at Leeds festival!

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Harvest…

Not a very good one I’m afraid.

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Awesome late summer evenings, (YORK STATION)

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Birthday celebrations… SUMMER chocolate cake.

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Bale Stacking and clearing fields for Ploughing…

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Autumn Glory I have been reminiscing today on the retreat I cooked a few weeks ago in Mid-Wales. A Western Zen Retreat in which I was given a question by the teacher: What is letting go?

My question kept working after I finished the retreat , resonating as I began the preparations for launching the book. I was highly anxious about public speaking, about people not liking the book. Big tears and apprehension  What is letting go? Just like the beech tree in all its glory was letting go of its beautiful golden leaves when I was in Wales, I was letting go of my story, putting it out into the world. Now I feel happy and light,  and slowly receiving wonderful feedback from readers which I am hoping to blog here.