Blizzards, Beth, Bikes, Bunnies, Barracuda and RIP Bee :-(

Howdy Cuffuflers!

Before the Blizzard
Before the Blizzard hit and in one of three moments of sun trickery

So this Easter week for me started with the QE farmers’ market, organised by the lovely Antony Cobley and set up to service the 1000’s of employees at the hospital and the Women’s hospital. It’s a joy to be involved in it. However on this market, I would have preferred not to be in a wind tunnel – not along the side of the wind tunnel (as I have been in previous markets) – but right at the end of the wind tunnel – facing the wind! If that was not bad enough…….it started snowing…… well you can imagine. My jars and bottles even started to collect a snowdrift.

Jar snowdrift

After I finally got home from the market and had an hour to defrost, my boyfriend and I went up to our allotment to plant out some barerooted Raspberry and Tayberry canes courtesy of Bill Auger of This was swiftly followed by a roaring fire! And then severe cramp from warming up too quickly!

Bottles in the blizzard


Oh the joy!

Thursday was Beth coming to help out and we made Beth’s Ginger and Lemon Cordial.

Special labels made for Beth!
Child Labour/baby sitting!







Next on the Cuffufle Easter (B!) tour was Flatpack’s Bicycle Basket Bazaar ( – this time I was still outside but also thankfully undercover as the Spring weather continued to revert back to Winter weather and snow! My bicycle was parked next to the lovely Ruth who is one of my colleagues at Stirchley Stores ( and she had the most delightful upcycled goodies, including a basket of cashmere Easter bunnies!

Basket full of Cuffufle goods
BBB – bicycle basket bazaar and my stash of vinegars and cordials!







Ruth’s bunnies!

At the BBB, we (the gorgeous Julie B) and I got our combined ‘essence divined’ and found out what our spirit animal was, courtesy of Dan Burwood and his magic box! We were a Barracuda – Julie B has the image of our Barracuda. I’ll post it very soon.

Dan divining our essence in his magic box!







Now for Sunday and the wonderful mac food fair (midlands arts centre) – IT’S INSIDE!!!!! AND WARM!!!!! Another Stirchley Store colleague organises this – the lovely Michelle Smith of

A lovely day was had by all. Once again I was next to Sarah of Trishul Chocolates – if you haven’t found her and her raw chocolate goodies already, you really should try. Her products are divine.

This gorgeous day was however finished off with a tragedy. My beloved Beatrice the Beetroot (AKA Bee) bit the bullet, popped her clogs, got ‘broke’! RIP Bee 🙁


Bee found me via a very lovely customer called Lisa Thompson – she found her in a charity shop in Cotteridge. A bargain at £2 – She is going to be buried in my new mint pots at my allotment – Bee not Lisa!

RIP Bee.

2 Replies to “Blizzards, Beth, Bikes, Bunnies, Barracuda and RIP Bee :-(”

  1. I love your blog Rachel and fear I’m becoming a Cuffufle groupie!!!! I bought the Ginger and Lemon cordial by mistake thinking it was Lemon Barley, but actually it’s lovely, refreshing and great for settling funny tummies ;0)

  2. Dear Cuffufle groupie

    Sorry if I gave you the wrong bottle, but I was probably doing you a favour! Barley water is great for pregnant ladies – and you are still pregnant right?! Ted is still warm and snuggling up inside you!?

    Rachel xxx

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