We have a peach tree growing on our south wall. It is only a small tree, but when the fruits are ripe, my B & b visitors may be lucky enough to have peaches for breakfast.
We do have a lot of leaf curl on it. Mike read in a gardening magazine – that if the tree was covered in the spring, it might prevent the leaf curl. Apparently the spring rains stir up the fungus and infects the new leaves.
So we have covered it with a plastic sheet. We do try to be organic and try alternative methods rather than fungicides. It will be interesting to see whether this ploy works! Watch this space.
O ‘ Joy Bistro, 81 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury
Last week we went into Shrewsbury on the bus. A nice ride via the villages of Edgmond and Tibberton and over Haughmond Hill into Shrewsbury This was a recce for a history society summer trip to St Marys church, but we decided to take in the relatively new O’Joy vegan bistro. This bistro is partly owned by Nick Knowles of DIY SOS. See below owners Becky and Nick.
It is open Monday — Thursday 9am — 4pm.
Friday — Saturday 9am – 5pm then 6pm — 9pm
Sunday 10am — 4pm
Mike had the ‘burger of the day’ – Beetroot and Barley with a great kimchi (pickled cabbage) and sweet potato chips.
Mike chose this, but didn’t find it flavoursome enough for him except the kimchi. However, it wasnt the regular burger, so we shall have to go again and try the regular burger. I had the chickpea & beetroot pasta with rocket and cashew pesto and garlic bread. Looked like home-made pasta. This was very tasty and filling. My garlic bread and Mike’s roll were obviously made locally and were beautiful.
The ambiance of the bistro was smart. There were a variety of wines and bottled beers – most of them quite unusual – mostly organic.
We enjoyed being able to go into a bistro that was right in the town centre – no out-of-town or down an alleyway, which is often the case with veggie or vegan restaurants.
And so nice to be able to recommend this to my vegan B & B’ rs, for whom the Newport area is a bit of a waste land…
My Granola recipe
Quite a few people have asked me about my maple syrup granola recipe,
So I am now selling my granola recipe to B & B visitors. These will be on the fireplace in the breakfast room. I shall be selling the recipes for Newport History Society, who are in dire need of funds!
Well the weather here is cold and windy, but the bulbs are flowering and so is the peach. The sparows are nesting in the roof next to our house and it is interesting to watch them making their nest, so it must be spring!