One of my favourite eating places for birthdays and other celebrations is the Bush Inn at Morwenstow in Cornwall. In summer we sit in the garden and look at the fantastic views and in winter we stay in one of the snug bars with their flagstone floors, oak beams and roaring fires. The food is really good; so good that we have to go for a walk afterwards. Not one of our Long Country Walks but a short stroll down to the church where the Reverend Robert S Hawker was the incumbent from 1834 to 1875. Reverend Hawker was a very eccentric man but he is remembered for risking his life to bring the bodies of drowned sailors up from the beach to give them a Christian burial and also for introducing the Harvest Festival that is celebrated nowadays in English churches and schools.
We held our Harvest Festival in my church last weekend. Sadly, there was very little homegrown produce to bring this year as the gardens and allotments have suffered greatly from the months of heavy rain and flooding. I didn't have a single vegetable or piece of fruit to take but I was reluctant to resort to shop-bought goods. I decided to try my hand at making a harvest loaf instead. I've had a copy of Paul Hollywood's 100 Great Breads* for several years but never had the courage to attempt the harvest bread. Necessity is a great spur, though, and this is how mine came out:
*I tried to make a link to this book on Amazon but it refused to work.