Marmalade. The story goes that marmalade was invented in 1700 when a storm-damaged Spanish ship, carrying Seville oranges, sought refuge in Dundee Harbour. The cargo was sold off cheaply to James Keiller, a down-on-his-luck local merchant, whose wife turned it into a preserve. True? No one really knows but we do know that the Keillers of Dundee, James and his mother Janet, were very important in the popularisation of marmalade and are thought to have been amongst the first commercial producers of marmalade, and certainly the most well known. For the first half of the 19th century their brand of Dundee Marmalade, available affordably to the working classes, was extremely popular and was the forerunner of today’s best-selling brands.
The days are getting colder, the fireplace has been lit, and boxes of decorations are slowly being brought down from the loft. This means one thing at The Old Stables – Christmas is coming!
There are so many festive things to do in Somerset over the holiday period and every year Somerset pulls out the stops to create twinkling Christmas wonderlands. Here are some of our personal favourites.
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It’s that time of the year again. October has arrived and the leaves are changing colours, the days are cooler and pumpkin spice everything is available! It’s my favourite time of the year and if you happen to be visiting us during the autumn months there are some fabulous events and happenings for you to enjoy. Here’s a taster!
One of the many things that our guests comment on (with pleasure I might add!) is the glass Kilner jar filled with home baked shortbread on the tea tray found in their rooms. We like a little nibble of something ourselves when we stay at a B&B so I thought I would look for a shortbread recipe and make my own – we think it’s a nice touch too!
Everyone needs to take a break now and then. Life can get stressful, and if you don’t take a couple minutes every day to decompress, it can feel like everything is piling into a huge mountain of STUFF! Continue reading
Coming from island living to the Somerset countryside was a BIG change. My life, up until our move, was on the tiny Island of Bermuda which is smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Just 53.3 square kilometres (20.6 square miles) – really! Surrounded by the ocean and beautiful pink sand beaches to fields of cows and sheep. I do love Somerset and find country living absolutely delightful but there are times when I do feel a little homesick for my Island Home. When those feelings come along I always do the same thing – make up a batch of Bermuda Johnny Bread.
We decided that relocating countries, buying a house and getting a business up and running wasn’t quite enough excitement for one year so we’re embarking on our next project – a barn conversion! Continue reading