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The Romance of Steam Trains

Llangollen Steam Railway


It’s all getting a little steamy

Steam trains have a certain romantic allure, especially if you sit in a carriage like this one depicted by one of my favourite artists, Eric Ravilious.

Eric ravilious trainI love to sit and watch the scenery go by whilst wondering what it would be like to go back in time and ride by steam during its heyday.

This year saw the 75th anniversary of the Mallard breaking the world speed record for steam on Stoke Bank just south of Grantham, Lincolnshire. And next year it is 100 years since the Flying Scotsman began its infamous Edinburgh to London route, clocking 100 mph – the first ever to achieve this speed. To commemorate this we have a feature on the joy of steam travel in the 2014 Dairy Diary, giving a brief history and lots of info on railway-related places to visit.

Llangollen in North Wales gets a mention
and quite rightly so, it’s fabulous!


I took the whole family to Llangollen railway last weekend for the fantastic Day Out with Thomas. The children got to ride on Daisy, Thomas and Douglas and well as enjoy Thomas-related crafts and face painting.


I’m not sure who was most excited, the children or their dad and grandad! It was a truly lovely family day out and we even got to enjoy the spectacle of a double rainbow sweeping over the river Dee.


For more information on where to ride a steam train visit www.heritagerailways.com or buy the 2014 Dairy Diary. It’s available now!

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Cherry Biscuits recipe

Cherry Biscuits recipe

Our picnic aboard Daisy include these scrummy Cherry Biscuits from the Dairy Diary.

Dairy Diary 2013 now available!

Dairy Diary 2013

Every year I am astonished at how early people start to ask for the following year’s Dairy Diary.

This year, I think we might have the record for the earliest, with a request in May!

We know that it’s Britain’s best-loved diary, so maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised. Since its first edition back in 1982, it has sold well over 20 million copies!

Described as a ‘compendium of practical information’, the 2013 Dairy Diary is packed with useful hints and tips, making it the essential book for running any busy home. Split into seven easy-to-use sections, it’s full of sage advice on a vast array of subjects, from stain removal to homemade hand treatments, and childhood illnesses to looking after precious metals. It also contains a beginner’s guide to pilates, and helpful tips on how to create a bird friendly garden.

Mouth-watering recipes

The 2013 diary also features a wide selection of mouth-watering recipes to suit all occasions, from quick and simple soups and snacks, to classic staples such as beef casserole and fish pie, and delectable desserts like Hogmanay Tart and Irish Whiskey Cake.

Executive Editor, Nick Rowe, says:

“The Dairy Diary has become an essential companion over the years and this latest version, our 31st edition, is the most comprehensive one we have produced so far.
“It’s packed with recipes and practical hints and tips, which makes it an excellent point of reference.
“This edition contains some inspiring articles on a host of different topics, from bread making to homemade hand treatments, and how to transform your garden into a haven for birds.”

It’s simple to order:

  • www.dairydiary.co.uk to order online.
  • Ring 0845 0948 128 to order over the phone (Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm).
  • Or put a note out with your empties to order from your milkman.

Cherry Biscuits recipeEnjoy this Cherry Biscuits recipe
from the 2013 Dairy Diary .

Just a taster of the fantastic
recipes inside.


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Cherry Biscuits recipe

A sophisticated little nibble that’s perfect for impressing friends at tea time!

Cherry Biscuits recipeMakes 12 biscuits
Time 40 mins
Calories 183 per biscuit
Fat 8.4g of which 5g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Butter 110g (4oz), softened
Caster sugar 75g (3oz), plus 1–2 tbsp for sprinkling
Egg 1, separated
Plain flour 200g (7oz)
Ground ginger ½ tsp
Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
Dried cherries 75g (3oz)

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease a baking sheet.

2 Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl and beat in egg yolk. Sift flour, ginger and cinnamon into another bowl and gently stir into creamed mixture. Add cherries and shape the mixture into a ball of dough.

3 Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 5mm (¼in) thickness. Use an 8cm (3¼in) cutter to cut out about 12 biscuits. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

4 Meanwhile, lightly beat egg white. Remove biscuits from oven and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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