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Michael's Aubergine cane tops

Brighten up your allotment with these beautiful cane tops ... and stop catching your jumper or poking out someone's eye at the same time. Sure to make any veg. patch look great - even in winter.

A snip at £5 a piece

Michael emailed us about how they are made:

"Well, raku is a Japanese art, nicked and adapted by western ceramicists in the 1960's. I bisc fire in an electric kiln and then raku fire in an adapted dustbin fired with butaine gas. For the raku firing I work outside next to our allotment in the elements (high winds and rain in this instance) I also always do these firings at night because I can gauge the firing better in the dark, and the kids are in bed and out of the way.

All the pieces I have sent to Leeds have a copper oxide glaze on them, apart from a couple which have a copper wash - the glaze on these is very thin and matt when finished. I remove the pieces from the kiln when the glaze melts - approximately very hot - and put in a reducing kiln, (an old biscuit tin half filled with saw dust) sprinkle with saw dust and replace the lid. This reduces the oxygen in the kiln (biscuit tin) and can give the copper effect on some of the pieces. It is not an exact science - particularly with me - so results vary."

Norma Olden's notorious pickled onions

If you like your pickles powerful these are for you ...

They have been known to make the eyes of grown men smart
Available from this Thursday onwards - while stocks last

£1.50 per jar

Coming to the Honesty Table this week!

This week will see a wealth of new produce and products hitting the table as Karen & I travel to Leeds for a re-stock ... so look out for these little forget-me-not plants, all the way from my in-law's allotment!

Pay what you think is right

Banana Muffins

I made these to take to Leeds with me this week for the table. By the time I'd finished my evening talk there we only two left!

Dried wild mushrooms ...

Gathered in the Lake District, they smell amazing. Great for vegetarian stocks, dishes etc etc.