Mr Podge has been in the wars…again…

Poor Mr Podgington is not having much luck poor lad!

Mr Podge was in another cat fight we reckon and obviously lost very badly! He has been injured yet again and become a rather expensive cat for a cat that was a feral outdoors freebie cat!

Poor Podge had a mass of scratches, an absess and cuts on his neck and ears and a huge gash under his arm that would not heal naturally as it was too wide and open. Therefore, we took him to the vets and he had to have an operation to have  it cleaned and sewn up. Hence, for the last week he has had to wear the cone of shame which as you can see in the middle photo he has not appreciated at all. He has managed to take it off twice already!

Podge kept walking into things and misjudging the size of the cone – he gave up on trying to eat difficult items and gave up trying to clean his face properly; so we came home one night to his face covered in food, cobwebs and dust – lovely. Anyway, he was not allowed to go outdoors or jump until it was healing properly. Thank god he is now okay and can go outside – cone is off and we have a much more pleasant, less angry cat in our household!

Now Podge has been allowed back outside we popped his collar on -and within less than 10 hours he had lost it – that is probably the fourth one that has been lost…

Anyway, all is all this supposed farm cat is causing rather a lot of trouble at the moment,

Katy and Mr Podge, The Good Life In Practice xx

Recipe: Runacres Blackcurrant Jam

First things first, sorry it has been a tad sporadic on the blog post front recently – what with the move, new jobs and general summer things have been hectic and busy! However, my amazing friend Melissa brought round some tasty blackcurrants picked from her garden the other week – yum! She had a glut of them so I was lucky enough to be given a batch of currants! Hence a quick, speedy jam making session before tackling the next thing on the to-do list.

This jam thickens effectively and will keep for a good amount of time in a cold, dark place. Once opened pop in the fridge.

Makes about 4/5 average jam jars worth.

Ingredients:

-500g blackcurrants (washed and any stalks taken off)

-680g sugar

-Juice of one lemon

-450ml of cold water

Method:

1. Place the blackcurrants and the water in a big pan and simmer the mix for 25 minutes.

2. Add the lemon juice and sugar to the mix, stir until it has dissolved. Increase the heat setting until it boils for approximately 15 minutes or until it has reached setting point (test a bit on a cold saucer to check!).

3. When you are happy with the consistency of the jam, ladle it into your sterilised jam jars and cover with wax discs and lids.

This is tasty on crumpets, as a mix with apple pieces for a crumble and heated then drizzled over vanilla ice cream in summer.

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx

Published Article: British Woodworking

Was very happy to see my article about Swiss Matchstick boxes in the British Woodworking Magazine. Got very excited! It is in the June 2014 issue and has some lovely features and DIY woodwork projects also inside.

Katy, The Good Life In Practice x