It was once again that time of year for me to make a journey out to The Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, one of the two homes of Diggers Seeds. As it's generally too wet to do much gardening at the moment, it's a perfect time to peruse seed catalogues and stock up on the coming seasons seeds. Sure, this could all be done online, but then we'd miss out on half the fun, wouldn't we? Yep, gotta love a girly, girl, gardeney day out!
Kirsty and her smallest bowerbird under the rainbow umbrella..so cute!
and wouldn't you know it...the wall of seeds is still going strong!
Shopping for seeds and garden mooching really does build up an appetite so it was with complete agreement that we decided to stop at the gorgeous Red Beard Bakery, makers of delicious, organic, woodfired sourdough, on the way home..
Always one to have a sticky beak I was slightly taken aback when the baker caught sight of me gaulking through the window in the hopes of getting a better look at the goings on in the kitchen.
Even more taken aback when he gestured me in and asked if I wanted to see the oven.
The woodfired oven that is in use at the bakery is really something else. It's an enormous 19th century scotch oven that is fired daily, heated by feeding wood into a firebox on the side which then allows the heat to move into the oven and be stored there for an incredible amount of time. It's a fascinating way of baking..totally different to our humble woodfired oven at home which has the fire directly on the baking surface.
The smells wafting out of the kitchen were really something else. So, so good.
But could our outing get any better?
Oh, yes, it could. For who could possibly go past a piece of 'Brazen Hussy' to satisfy said appetite?
Not I, nor Wombat, nor the Bowerbirds. Oh, no, it was Brazen Hussy all round, thankyou very much. Gosh it was good - mushroom, leek and goat fetta all mingled together with a briochey exterior. So good!
Warm Blonde loaf making it's way home for our dinner, a few packets of exciting new veggie seeds to try, stopping off to see some Vintage (it can be a noun too, right?) on the way home and the pleasant chatter of good friends.
Yep, you've really gotta love a girly, girl garden-ey day out!
(Read my Garden of St Erth visit - 2011 here)
(Ready my Garden of St Erth visit - 2010 here)