THE WI COUNTRY WOMAN’S YEAR 1960 BOOK REVIEW…

When my WI Country Woman’s Year 1960 by Shirley Paget book popped through my door I was so excited to open it and even more thrilled when I saw that the cover was a special retro cloth one.

I love anything WI (although not a member) and this book covers it all. From cider-making and hedgerow basketry to public speaking and committee-meeting protocol and of course, not forgetting the jam making.

If you can’t get inspired to have a go at smocking, upholstery repairs, bread making, lampshade, Christmas wreaths, wallpapering, corn dollies, Welsh quilting or crystallized flowers then I will eat my hat. It’s right up my street and I can’t wait to give one of the crafts a go.

Inside the book it says that a great deal has happened to change the lives of women living in the countryside since 1960 when this book was last published, and it is fascinating to note these changes. But we have since lost or forgotten so many rural skills and pleasures. Following the four seasons, here are dozens of different tasks and hobbies re-discovered in this WI Country Woman’s Year: Six decades on, modern readers may no longer wish to live like their countryside sisters of two generations ago, but they will be struck by the happy gusto with which the then-450,000 members of the WI went about enjoying their busy country lives throughout the year.

The WI Country Woman’s Year 1960 by Shirley Paget is available from Amazon and other good book stores at £15.99

Pineapple Upside Down Cake — Lucy’s Friendly Foods

I’m delighted that the Great British Bake Off is back on – not only is it light and frothy viewing (just what we need these days) but it also gives lots of new inspiration for bakes, as well as the pressure to keep up. I’ve got into a phase of having masses of recipes but […]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake — Lucy’s Friendly Foods

BAKING SUBSCRIPTION OF THE MONTH…

What is there to not like about a subscription? It’s like a magazine subscription and lots more. You start counting down the days to your next arrival and baking subscriptions are right at the top of the list.

Subscription boxes from Bakedin have two completely unique subscription boxes, the baking club and the bread baking club. Each month, they deliver a unique baking kit with a recipe exclusively developed in-house and posted through your letterbox. Like their famous baking kits, it contains all of the dry ingredients you’ll need, an easy to follow recipe card and some handy extras!

You still get the joy of baking from scratch, just with no food waste, a great taste and something new to impress your friends and family with each month.

This is how it works…

CHOOSE YOUR PLAN

Pick whether you would like to pay monthly, quarterly, every 6 months or yearly. Your first box will be delivered around the middle of the month following the month you’ve subscribed in. These are auto-renewing plans with no tie in, so you can cancel at any time!

GET YOUR BOX

Our kits contain all the dry ingredients, an easy to follow recipe card and some handy extras like the baking paper. All our flour is local to Bakedin HQ in Hampshire.

BAKE & ENJOY

Add a few fresh ingredients, follow the step-by-step recipe card and enjoy the bread baking experience with a little less fuss and no waste!

GIVING AS A GIFT

Our Bread Baking Club gift subscriptions are the perfect gift for any bread baking lover. We offer 3 gift subscriptions to the club: 3, 6 and 12 month options. We send out the first box immediately along with a gift certificate and unique code for the recipient to activate the remaining boxes.

They start from £10.99 a box monthly to £7.50 a box for a 12 month subscription.

Cakeaway Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House Norwich — Wheelescapades

You’ll know by now that I’m quite the regular at The Assembly House Norwich. Their afternoon tea being one of my highlights of the season. You’ll also know I’m not quite ready to get back to my escapades just yet. Although The Assembly House reopened back in July and those stunning Instagram shots were extremely […]

Cakeaway Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House Norwich — Wheelescapades

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake with Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache — Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking

Everyone needs a go-to favorite cake recipe that never fails to blow away friends and family. That doesn’t mean you need to spend hours and hours perfecting some five-tiered art piece that would be on a baking competition show. For me, it means my master recipes: Best-Ever Vanilla Cake, Best-Ever Carrot Cake, and the Best-Ever […]

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake with Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache — Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking