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We have had two great volunteers here this Summer, Nick and Korinne! When having the chance to do so, Korinne has been sharing her story through her blog. It's worth keeping an eye on this for new stories, and definitely worth a read! - https://morethanatouristblog.wordpress.com/ 

Below is her comprehensive ranking of Dunfield puddings! I had to share it on here because I think it's great!! however I would like to add, Dunfield's cookies should definitely reached top #3!!! 


 

If you have ever spent time at Dunfield House, you know that mealtime is an integral part of every day. Everyone has their favourite meals, but more important are the pudding. (And by pudding I mean dessert). When I first got to Dunfield, I was enthralled by the various sweet treats at the end of each meal and since then I have developed an opinion about the best of the best puddings. For your benefit and enjoyment I have decided to share my rankings with you.

#10 – Arctic Roll

While these ice cream treats are a favourite of kids that come to visit Dunfield, there’s just something about the cake roll part of it that I personally don’t love. On a hot day (lol) they would probably be nice!

#9 – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don’t get me wrong, chocolate chip cookies are one of my favourite treats, but with all the other amazing options, it gets stuck in the #9 spot!

#8 – Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sauce

I know, I know, there might be a riot that this pudding is so far down my list. But, what can I say? *Shrugs Shoulders*

#7 – Jam Sponge and Custard

Jam sponge and custard is a pudding that has really grown on me since I have been at Dunfield House. Coming from the land of corn syrup (America), jam sponge and custard seemed super bland. However, my taste buds have adapted and now this British delicacy is climbing the ranks of my favourites.

#6 – Apple Crumble (and custard)

I am all for anything with crumble and custard being mixed – that’s all I have to say. The apple part is just a bonus.

#5 – Chocolate Brownie and Ice Cream

The Dunfield House brownies are some of the best in the world and you can quote me on that. That’s all there is to be said.

#4 – Lemon Cheesecake

I have only had the lemon cheesecake a few times, but it earned the #4 spot fairly quickly. There’s nothing like the crisp flavour of lemon in the summer months.

#3 – Banoffee Pie

Anyone that has had the sweet toffee and banana pudding cannot dispute the bronze medal being awarded to Banoffee Pie. (Unless they think it should be higher on the list.)

#2 – Flapjacks

I anticipate a lot of push back on the decision to award flapjacks the #2 spot. For many, they aren’t necessarily considered pudding. But, when the oaty, sweet goodness of the flapjack is put in front of me, I just can’t resist.

AAANNNNNNDDDDD

#1 – Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is amazing in many ways, but it’s truly the toffee sauce that is poured on top that puts this dessert way out of the league of any of the others. Honestly, STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST DUNFIELD PUDDING AND I REFUSE TO HEAR ANY ARGUMENTS ABOUT IT.

Thank you for taking your time to read this ranking of my favourite Dunfield Puddings. Stick around to soon read about my favourite U.K. chocolate and also more important things like talking about Summer Camp and Primitive Camp!

Please feel free to leave comments and discuss with me my rankings unless you’re going to suggest that sticky toffee pudding shouldn’t be #1.

 

 

Published in Blog
Friday, 12 May 2017 09:06

How Good the World can Bee!

Just half a minute to take in the view of Hergest Ridge and the wildflowers sitting above the stream is all it takes to set me up for the day. It’s easy to appreciate the people around us, the staff and guests who look after the grounds for others to enjoy; but sometimes the humble bumble can be overlooked. After all, a lot of what we enjoy wouldn’t be here without the bumblebee!

So here’s a brief list of what we do to look after them…

1.      Go easy on the wildflowers

Dunfield’s ground has been worked on over the years for all of us to enjoy. We have planted, weeded and raked the grounds for as long as we can remember. Although a lot of the wildflowers have tiptoed in themselves, we are more than welcome for them to stay. Bees love them, therefore we do too! Visit Bumble Bees conservation’s guide to see what makes a good garden for bees!

2.      We all need to drink, right?

We have more in common with bees than you might have first thought. Bumblebees need to keep hydrated too. We are lucky enough to have a stream running through the grounds for them to quench their thirst and energize their buzz, but they’ll be just as grateful for a small bowl of water too.

It is becoming more common to find dozy bees; it could be that they need a little pick me up. When we might enjoy a coffee, bees prefer a drop of water and a teaspoon of sugar according to RSPB. We have done this a few times and it seems to do the trick!

 

3.      We provide a shelter for all

We have group accommodation for big and small… the smallest being about 2cm! Our guest bees are welcome to take residence in our insect hotel, with penthouse options available. This is placed in a shaded area, perfect for bees to take a well-deserved rest, or set up for the summer. Perhaps you could make your own?

4.      Keeping it natural

We don’t use pesticides at Dunfield. If anything is getting a bit overgrown, a quick trim doesn’t go amiss! If you feel pesticides are your only option, without getting too technical, neonicotinoids are the ones to steer clear of. The plants suck up all the chemicals which can be deadly to the insects snacking on the pollen- sadly these include bees.

Hopefully you found our list helpful, giving you a few ideas that you could use in your own garden. If you have any tips of your own we would love to hear them, so please leave any comments below!

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