My daughter Emily wanted to go for a pub lunch today and happily she agreed to go to The Plough. The Plough just happens to be situated just over the road from Shustoke Reservoir where a Black-necked Grebe (which would be a local tick for me) had been seen early evening yesterday! Sadly, my history of "dipping" on most unusual bird visitors at this location continued today and the only grebes I could see were great crested and little. Although to be fair I only did a quick scan of the reservoir from the car park and the bird could well have moved on as I haven't seen any reports of further sightings today.
A quick drive round the lanes on the way there produced a lot of pheasants and red-legged partridges in the hedgerows and a kestrel hunting over a field of stubble.
Had our usual lunch in the Plough of "cheesy chips" with the addition this time of a plate of cheesy garlic bread. Healthy not!
Yesterday watched another willow warbler passing through on migration catching insects in the garden.
Yesterday afternoon I indulged in another favourite autumn pastime and made some chutney.
Nice simple recipe with not too many ingredients
The ingredients were soon in the pan and cooking
I haven't tried this recipe before but the chutney looks a lovely colour. The recipe only made one jar but if its any good I'll make double the amount next year.
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