Welcome to blue-ginger and our showcase for talented artists and craftspeople.
Our physical gallery has now closed its door permanently but we have put an amazing line up of fantastic artists’ work into an ONLINE SHOP. Thank you for SUPPORTING OUR FREE LANCE AND SELF-EMPLOYED ARTISTS.
We will continue to bring you exhibitions through the online shop, and we'll also share on this page the occasional recipe from blue-ginger's menu.
Home End Farm and the blue-ginger gallery barn and buildings are currently for sale. If you are interested in a potted history of Sue's very happy and productive years here, or interested in the estate agent's details please take a look, and do share with anyone you feel may also be interested.
Where the Wild Thyme Blows: A Celebration of Midsummer
Textile artist and folklore historian, Pam Thom-Rowe, penned the following words as inspiration to our artists:
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk roses and with eglantine.”
William Shakespeare, Midsummers Night Dream
As fruit ripens and flowers burst with colour there comes a time when nature seems to hold her breath: Midsummer… now the veil becomes thin, the uncanny comes alive. It is when we may pause and catch our breath before the harvest of our labours begins... a time to celebrate all that is good and true!
Once we built great fires upon cliffs and high places, we danced on hill tops and village greens singing songs in praise of the sun and the birds and the bees.
Some still light bonfires on St John’s Eve to find strength and purify, cleansing away cares of the previous year and creating connections to the ancient roots of midsummer festivities. Others rise to greet the dawn on midsummer’s morn and dance as the sun rises, now changing its course towards harvest and autumn.
Midsummer is a time for magic, a time to gather herbs, sing a spell or two, bless the apple orchards, to dream of a new love.
So, pick a rose and cast a charm – walk backwards and say nothing, you may dream of a new lover tonight... dance in the flames of midsummer heat, jig on the green and rejoice in all that is good!
This exciting exhibition is online until the end of July.
** INTERNATIONAL SALES **
We're happy to ship products internationally. Please contact Sue directly, stating which items you'd like to purchase, and Sue will send you a PayPal invoice which includes accurate international postage and insurance. If the item hasn't already sold when we receive your order we will hold it until you've paid the PayPal invoice.
Here’s my end-of-the year gift to all of you: my secret recipe for the blue-ginger
gluten-free pear and ginger cake!
PEAR & GINGER
Gluten-Free and Vegan
250 gm vegan spread
200 gm brown or muscovado sugar
1/2 jar stem ginger chopped into small pieces with 1/2 of the syrup
200 gm ground almonds
100 gm polenta
100 gm rice flour
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Enough almond milk or other dairy-free milk to mix
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. At the end add a capful of white vinegar
Put into a paper-lined cake tin
Slice a large pear (or two small ones) and arrange on the top
Chop some crystallised ginger and scatter over the pears
Dot some ginger jam in the gaps between the pears
Bake at about 190 degrees for about an hour or until cooked
Delicious as a pudding with a vegan creme fraiche or ice cream. Of course, if you’re not vegan you can replace vegan spread with butter and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or custard or ice cream.