Today it is a drippy day both inside and outside.
Inside I have a teenager with a drippy nose lying on the sofa (for which he is too big), and clutching a mug of lemsip.
Outside there are raindrops; far more photogenic.
Today we are two years old.
I think two is old enough for an FAQ page.
The most frequently asked question directed at me is this one
What's for tea?
To which the answer is one of the following;
This question makes me tired. It really does, particularly as it is asked by each child in turn. If I get really irritated by it Charlie joins in too.
As for FAQs directed at The Quince Tree me rather than the mum me they are these:
Where can I buy a quince tree?
I bought mine from a specialist fruit nursery like this one.
What variety is your quince tree?
I think it is Vranja but it could be Meeche's Prolific. I'm sorry I can't be more definite. I've looked at pictures of both and it looks like both. Both are good culinary varieties.
I have planted a quince tree, when will it produce fruit?
I think mine had been planted three years before it fruited. It produced just one fruit and then the year after that about a dozen and the year after that fifty odd. Since then it produces 200-300 which is, as they say, more than enough.
Where can I buy quinces?
Waitrose stock them in season -October/November. They used to stock Turkish quinces but last year I noticed they were English. Middle Eastern groceries may have them too, or you could try farm shops.
How do I cook quinces?
Have a browse through these posts.
What do quinces taste like?
They taste like quinces. I don't think they taste like any other fruit and why should they? Apples don't taste of pears after all. They are often described as honeyed but to me they taste of quince.
Can you put a link on your blog to my financial services site/ my weight loss miracle pill site/ my cookery site?
No I can't. I don't have any advertising on my blog.
Can I write a post for your blog ?
No thank you. This blog is my own, my precious.
What camera do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 550D. Most of my pictures, particularly food pictures, are taken with a Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens. Sometimes I use a Canon EF-S 55-250mm zoom lens.
All the pictures on the blog prior to 10th December 2010 were taken with a Canon IXUS point and shoot, a jolly good little camera.
I use the photo-editing software that came with the camera to crop and sometimes lighten photos. I don't use any photography equipment at the moment.
How do you find the time to do all that cooking?
I don't have paid employment. Cooking and running my home is my work. Besides you make time for the things you enjoy which is why I cook more than I clean.
Will you write a cookbook one day?
And the most frequently asked question of all is
Can I be your lodger?
No. Sorry. Not even if you do all the washing up. But thanks for the compliment!