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Date crumblies - Recipe


Not posted in a long time, so thought a recipe would be good.  Please visit our Facebook page

A recipe given to me by a friend many many years ago, and not really sure what to call them.  They do make me think of the 'winter' as they have dates in them.  Bit like flapjacks with a lot less oats.

I make them in a 11 X 7 tray



Re-use and re-purpose - Garden planters


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I will admit to buying this on a market new - so more of a re-purpose than a re-use as it had no lid, but with a lick of paint it now matches the garden, there are brush marks, but it is fine for the garden!

We have lots of plants suitable for pots, and they and a great splash of colour to your garden.


Re-use and re-purpose - plastic bottles - mini cloches

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I completely forgot about this - so will post now, so that you can all be prepared for next year.

Did you want to plant out a few vegetable plants in the garden and it is a bit early as the nights are a little cold, you can put a cloche over the top and they should be fine from April onwards - you may even be OK in March too.

Carrot & Fruit cake with honey



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This was a recipe I found in a book, and decided to give it a go - it was fab, and I would definitely recommend making it, we have carrots and honey in the shop - it is lovely and moist.

Re-use and re-purpose - Garden planters


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We have a selection of plants for the summer, and here is an idea to put them to use.....

Have you got a tired old saucepan, that has a bit of character?  or a colander or something similar?  There are some interesting things in the shop that could fit the bill.

Well how about planting it up?  The colander here is perfect as it already has drainage holes, no worries about drilling them, but you will need to add them, or if that is not possible put a lot of stones/crocks in the bottom, and make sure you do not over water.


Barton Springs

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Barton le Clay is only a few miles away and has it very own natural spring, the hills are chalk and part of the Chilterns, and worth a discover if you are in the area.  Hexton Country Matters is only down the road, so pop in and visit us too..

Supplier Spotlight - Nick Peace - Woodturner


We have a lovely selection of woodturned items.  Nick Peace has been woodturning for 6 years, since he retired, and loves to keep himself busy with his new hobby.

Here is a selection of items that he has made and are available in Country Matters Hexton.

Hexton Chalk Pit and Pegsdon Hills

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As spring is here.....

Did you know that we have a very own small nature reserve?  It is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and more information can be found here.

A short (newspaper) history of the village hall


Biggleswade Chronicle - Friday 24 January 1936

Our little shop is in the premises of the old village hall, it was built by Sir James Hill, Baronet and Lady Hill, and according to the plaque on the hall, the clock was added in 1935 to celebrate their diamond wedding.

Rhubarb

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It is rhubarb season and we have some locally grown available.... did you know that orange is a good partner?  So how about cooking it in a drop of orange juice or even adding an orange.  

Leek and onion scones

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We have leeks and onions in the Country Matters Hexton and they are local, so all the better for getting those miles reduced.  I made these recently and they were lovely, I couple them with some homemade chutney - also in the shop, and some cheese and salad.