4 June 2017
It's a messy business grating beetroot but well worth it for the finished result. I made my annual chocolate and beetroot cake yesterday. I reduced the amount of butter and sugar (increased the beetroot) and it still came out beautifully rich, moist and chocolatey. I have frozen most of the cake and it will last me for the whole summer because Paul doesn't eat it, he says it's too rich for him. He prefers my buns.
A big yellow van has just pulled up on Philippe's driveway and two men in white suits climbed out. They are both wearing beekeeper outfits. It must be his brother from Paris delivering the beehives for their summer placement in the family's chestnut woods.
If only the rest of the world could be as quiet, safe and peaceful as this place.