August 15, 2008

More Berries......

Moving on from the blueberries last week, we went on this summer's first 'blackberry' hunt yesterday afternoon. I had noticed a couple of days ago that they were coming along nicely at the side of the lane. With a recent dose of rain and some early morning sunshine, the first little berries were just about ready, not as sweet as they will be in a few days but tasty none the less with a sprinkling of icing sugar on top, Mmmmm. 
It was Craig's birthday on Wednesday, which coincided nicely with a company function we were invited to in the city. All the nearby hotels were fully booked, so we opted to stay in a B&B instead. This turned out to be a very good decision, as we discovered The Pepperberry . A beautiful heritage home in Halifax city centre, run by Mike and Karen, a friendly couple who emigrated from England in 2004. Our room was perfect, in the Garret loft and the breakfast was 'excellent' with fresh fruit and home made pancakes. They were even kind enough to serve gluten free pancakes and toast, which I was able to enjoy!
Jemma and Amber were happy to hold the fort at home taking care of Archie. It was the first time we had left them alone overnight!
My final 'berry' to get a mention is the cranberry, an essential ingredient in a 'Crantini' One of several drinks mixed up at a girls Martini party up at lake George last night. About 25 ladies, including my friend Tina (no men or kiddies allowed). We all had a fun evening sampling a few different Martini cocktails, including the Crantini, Appletini and a Pomegranate martini.
"Ok who's next?"

Hazel xx


  1. Love blackberries too - we just finished the last of our wild ones from the freezer. Belated Happy B'day to Craig. The Pepperberry looks gorgeous - I want to stay there! Cranberries in a cocktail - what a perfect combo. What a lot of fun you've been having.

  2. Belated "Happy Birthday" to Craig!
    Your ladies Martini Party...sounded like a lot of fun :) Although I am more of a Vodka girl...will have to give a martini a go, one of these days!

    Enjoy your week,
    K xxx

  3. Party On!!! I am back - please say sorry to craig, I will skype you later.
    Cocktails - Yipee

  4. Hazel- you seem to be such a happy person, I want to pass the Tree of Happiness award on to you. I just posted my "happy things" so you can see what I'm talking about at Sugar and Meringue.
    Take care!

  5. Firstly, a belated very Happy Birthday to Craig! What a fantastic place The Pepperberry is. *Makes note to book in there when visiting Halifax* :) Looks like you girlies had heaps of fun sampling those cocktails, cheers!

    Loads of love xxxx


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