Seasonal Activities and Some Recipes

The garden is being very productive this summer —we have had a decent amount of rain— so this week’s post is a celebration of food and flowers. Here’s the current kitchen bouquet. (Once they start blooming we have sunflowers in the kitchen until the autumn.)

There’s a little garden-related book news. I made a copy of The Language of Flowers for a neighbour who runs a flower farm. I included her logo on the last page spread

City Girl Flower Farm isn’t a U-Pick. Chantelle sells buckets of flowers regularly through the summer, and runs flower arranging classes and special events in the garden.


We grow a little bit of rhubarb in our garden. This year people have been giving away all kinds of fruit —did I mention that we have had rain?— so I have been freezing mixed containers for making crumbles/crisps/oatmeal bars next winter.

Our current favourite recipe is Strawberry/Rhubarb Crisp Bars from Smitten Kitchen. You can use any kind of fruit. The bowl below is a rhubarb/raspberry blend. (I use more oats than the recipe calls for instead of adding a bit more flour at the end as suggested, and I increase the fruit by up to a cup.)

We have also eaten our first potatoes of the summer — Goldrush/Netted Gems.

It was also cool enough for a few days to bake cookies. The ones below were made with rolled oats and sunflower seed butter following this recipe.

Plans for next week include harvesting grasses for making coiled baskets. Like everything else, the grass has done really well this year. I have had David avoid mowing a few patches of the tallest grass for me. Some of the tallest stalks come up to my shoulder!


I did a little bit of work on my Linktree on Instagram. You can now find any of my instruction posts via a link to Pinterest.

When you click on the arrow for a drop-down menu, you get pictures which are clickable and link to posts through a Pinterest page.

Not all the instruction posts come up on the drop-down section, but you can find all the related posts by clicking on the black bar.



Here are the seven Dreams for this week.



In other book arts news:

Some of you may be familiar with A Passage by Buzz Spector.

Adam Smyth has written a short piece about it on his blog TEXT! which you can read here.


If you are interested in the work of Cy Twombly, you might want to have a look at an exhibition now open at The J. Paul Getty Museum: Cy Twombly/Making Past Present. You can see selected images here and read an article here.


This one is for the word nerds: a dictionary of dirty, sexy words. Intended as a reference for writers of Historical Fiction, it could be of interest to anyone who likes to learn about the history of language.

300+ Dirty, Sexy Words for Historical Writers contains timelines of the earliest known use of common words for sex, body parts, courtship, and insults from Old English to the early 1970s, according to the latest information collected by The Oxford English Dictionary Online. These twelve timelines provide writers with period-accurate language, as well as a wealth of alternatives, to help them write intimate and steamy scenes. Now that’s a happy ending.




About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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2 Responses to Seasonal Activities and Some Recipes

  1. dinahmow says:

    Wow! You’ve got everything in here! Braided grass, fruit chews, pretty flowers and dirty books! I might need some of those words if WordPress gives me much more aggro! 😉


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