West Heath Wedding Fair – Sevenoaks, Kent

It was a lovely sunny Sunday in Sevenoaks for my wedding fair at West Heath School. What a lovely building- it would be stunning for any bride’s special day. 

Thank you to all those who were there on the day- from fellow suppliers to the brides and grooms themselves! 

I met some really lovely people and enjoyed the day. I chatted to Katie the celebrant and to Brad the entertainment chap and was very grateful to get some good cider pub suggestions for our cider from him! I admired Simon the bar-man’s elderflower fizz and scoffed Stephanie’s delicious canapés! YUM!

Hope everyone enjoyed my little tasters. The scones seemed to go down well! 

I loved showing them off on my vintage cake stands supplied by my talented vintage China lady Emily. 

Anyone looking for jammy wedding favours you know where I am!


Coffee & Cake – A successful combination!

Friday saw May’s Kitchen (hallway, sitting room and garden) turn from a comfortable (read messy) family home, into a hive of Christmassy activity. The decorations went up, coffee was made and an incredible array of homemade cakes donated.

We were lucky to have a dry, reasonably fair late November day. Myself and six other talented local ladies brought out our homemade wares and displayed them amongst the pots, pans and cookery books in my kitchen.


The local community, from Chainhurst, Marden and beyond came along to support us – what an amazing turnout!

Thank you to everyone.

You all even managed to find my house- no mean feat when some from Marden haven’t heard of Chainhurst..

The coffee was drunk, the cakes were devoured and the chatter so loud you could hardly hear the old Christmas classics playing in the background!

But that’s what I had in mind- a relaxed coffee morning with friends with the opportunity to buy some nice pressies while you were nattering.


That’s my kind of shopping..seems lots of you enjoyed it too.

I’ve already decided to do it again next year- perhaps a summer fair too?

I’m still sweeping up cake crumbs, but it was worth it!


Spring Wedding Fever


Spring has most definitely sprung! The days are longer, the birds are louder, the lambs are being born, the grass is greener and the daffodils are bright yellow.

At last!

After such a miserable and damp winter, it is a welcome relief to see the garden and countryside unfurl.

The blossom is stunning. Is it better than last year? I don't remember, and it doesn't matter – it's here now. And what a picture it is. Fields of apple trees is a spring delight.

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We were in Somerset over the Easter weekend and enjoyed being part of the Easter Sunday service. In a teeny and very pretty church with sandy coloured stone walls a young couple listened to their bans of marriage being read out – a lovely moment for a couple in love, about to be married!

My thoughts turn to summer and the traditional season for weddings. I am hoping to have the opportunity to make homemade wedding favours for some local brides.

Attractive miniature jars, decorated beautifully with a colourful ribbon filled with yummy locally made jam or chutney according to the bride's taste. Would suit all weddings – but especially those who appreciate good food.
Fun, personal and much more interesting than a bag of sugared almonds!


Delightful Damsons


Delightful Damsons!

I have been foraging again- in the hedgerows near my house which line the farm fields. The crop this year is good- they are fat juicy things! Unfortunately for me, the best ones always seem to be the hardest to reach and are only available to those with access to a set of sturdy stepladders!

Near my son Wilfred’s school is a playing field past which the schoolchildren walk. The damsons were getting squashed by pushchairs & feet! So I’ve saved them and made them into jam.

But not all of them will be turned into jam – some will be made into the most delicious drink- Damson Gin

This is last years batch- it’s just been “tested” by us and our friends James & Lucy and we all agree – it is delicious. Coming soon to May’s Kitchen!