As the day came to an end, we all re-assembled back in the dining room, for a final drink, and a nibble on some delicious salted chocolate ganache squares (no photo I’m afraid, but trust me, they looked, and tasted lush!) I also bought myself some goodies with my birthday money – a bottle of River Cottage beer for my darling husband, so he wouldn’t feel quite so left out, a jar of River Cottage honey, to drizzle over the soda bread when I got home, a tea towel, and one of the River Cottage Handbooks, which I didn’t own – Edible Seashore, by John Wright, forager extraordinaire.
There was just enough time for some mingling, before the tractor would start taking everyone back up to the car park. Knowing that there was a long (4+ hour) drive ahead of me, I decided to leave with the first tractor. With only a few of us on it, the ride back up was even more bumpy than the way down! I got back into my car a very happy girl, I’d had a blooming marvellous day at River Cottage HQ, and it makes me smile re-counting the day, and looking back at the photographs that I took.