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Monday, November 21, 2011


Here's a wintery Sun hanging low in the sky in the afternoon at Tumbledown Studio. It's getting very chilly now and the trees have shed most of their leaves.

We've been busy syphoning the wines into fresh demijohns and bottles and giving them a preliminary taste on the way!!! The first batch of pear wine is refreshingly dry and has a very subtle blush. The apple is sweeter but balanced with a nice acidity...Very apply, in fact!!!

Continuing the drinks theme, the pear brandy and apple schnapps are both ready and very nice indeed. The pear brandy is subtly sweet and has a nice roundness and the apple schnapps is very fresh.

It was Stir Up Sunday yesterday which is when the Xmas pudding is made. Hopefully this years will be as good as last years!!!

Music on TV...

Highland Emergency is now on Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel % and Channel 5 HD.

Airline USA is still playing on weekday evenings at 8pm and 8.30pm (ET) on Lifetime (LRM) in the US.

Online drama Signs Of Life can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/signsoflife .

Thursday, November 03, 2011


We had the first frost of the year last night, but it remains very mild and sunny for an English November. Pheasants have begun to make an appearance in the garden and the grass has stopped growing with it's usual speed.

We've been here for a whole year now and have seen the garden go through a full yearly cycle, so we've been changing things for next year. We've been moving plants around and removing others entirely to get a softer look that's more suitable for a house that was built around 1580.

A JCB dug up the gravel from the front garden and ten tons of porous ballast was added to level it. The gravel was then replaced and a border and path of reclaimed bricks was added. This has made the front a lot more welcoming. A new picket fence and gate in the middle will be added soon to complete the structure and the borders are being planted with lavender (to join the beech hedge that was planted last year) and roses and a mixed bed in the corner...Nice!!!

I've got three TV projects on the go at the moment...More news later!!!
TX news...
The new series of Highland Emergency continues on Wednesdays at 7.30pm on Five and Five HD with a repeat on Saturdays at 11am.
My Cypriot Kitchen has two double bills at 12 noon and 5pm on Discovery Travel and Living on weekdays.
Airline USA is now playing on weekday evenings at 8pm and 8.30pm (ET) on Lifetime (LRM) in the US.