The mixed weather has been causing us a few problems over the last week. The heavy rain has meant we have had ponds as opposed to puddles in the courtyard and the strong winds managed to fell a tree right across the path walkers use. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the sun to dry out the puddles and we soon got the tree towed away. The autumnal weather has also brought with it beautiful scenery across the estate with the changing leaf colours and we have had a lot of pheasants too. We do like to promote bird life on the estate. As well as our own bird table that attracts tits and woodpeckers, we have been working with the British Trust for Ornithology to cater for tawny owls and kestrels. The RSPB guys came over from Nottingham to put up numerous nesting boxes in trees and it will be exciting to see if we have birds making their nests there in the spring.
The winds showing their power on the estate
The man from the British Trust for Ornithology at work
The Matriculation Ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral
The delicious Apple Muffins made for us by Jacqui
Apple Muffin Recipe:
2 Large peeled cooking apples (chopped)
100g Castor Sugar
50g Brown Sugar
2½ Teaspoon of Baking Powder
90ml Rice Milk
80ml Vegetable Oil
1 Large Egg (beaten)
Vanilla Extract (5 drops)
Method: Put the flour, both types of sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Add the rice milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla extract. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Gently fold in the chopped apples. Spoon in to muffin cups and sprinkle with icing sugar. Bake for 20minutes or until golden brown.