Finding The Joy In January

Watching Lapwings against blue skies along our beach. Savouring the final winter crops of sprouts. The texture of chunky teal-coloured aran. Feeding hungry winter birds from the birdtable (a gorgeous Christmas gift from my brother) Baking Aunt Bev’s Country Seed Bread with my little boy. The first British daffodils in a Cornish jug. Adventures with…

Ten Tips For A Zero Waste Garden

All too often gardening is seen as nothing more than a quick trip to the garden centre filling our carts with plants, plastic bags and compost and assorted ‘sundries’. Arriving at the checkout the bill frequently comes to far more than we’d imagined. By the time you arrive home and unloaded the car it’s a…

Inspiration

During our Easter holiday CC and I went to stay in a beautiful converted barn in Cornwall. Cornwall’s stunning coastline, beaches and gardens made for a wonderful holiday and the steep coastal paths ensured great walking. The Eden project took our breath away- a converted china clay quarry transformed into a beautiful eco-project. The bio-domes…

Snowdrops and Sunshine

We are finally beginning to emerge from the darkness of our winter and the days are longer. Moods are visibly brightened as the sunshine finally makes an appearance and thoughts turn to enjoying the outdoor again. The snowdrops at Lytham Hall were a much-needed display of green, signalling the return of longer days and the…

Spring Cleaning

*   ‘The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur,…

Autumn Pleasures

*   Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year here, the chance to have cosy nights by the fire, the abundance of hedgerow fruit for picking and despite going back to work, the chance to have lovely long walks enjoying the scent of the leaves and the smell of wood smoke. We began our month…

High Days And Holidays

*   It’s been a wonderful month, beginning with our local gala day. We hosted our little afternoon tea party and watched the colourful floats go by our door. *   Snowy has been keeping CC out of mischief…..she makes an excellent alarm clock for CC, jumping on him in the mornings to wake him up. *    …

Jubilee Jaunts

A brief summary of June…. Our tiny meadow is slowly turning our little yard a lush green… *   Shockingly Awful Jubilee weather, but in true British form we had a picnic on Reeth green during our holiday and enjoyed listening to the band. Blowing a gale and a temperature of 10 C did not deter the picnickers !…

Moments in March

*   Sadly we lost Mr. Rupert last week, our black lop eared rabbit. It seems such a short time since we were collecting the two brothers from the rescue centre and welcoming them to their new home. He will be very much missed by CC and I but especially Mr. Gerry his lovely brother. We…

The Definition of Hospitality

Resolving to see more of our suroundings in 2012, we made an early start to our good intentions with a fell walk around Grange-Over-Sands. Despite a what would be euphemistically known around these parts as a ‘bracing’ wind ( gusts of up to 100MPH on peaks) we hiked to the hospice overlooking Grange. The hospice…

Freezing MangeTout

We’ve had a lovely crop of MangeTout (Sugarsnap Peas) and have had a go at freezing them. This has worked really well and should ensure that we have some lovely homegrown vegetables in winter. How To Freeze Your Vegetable Harvest 1. Pick your vegetables and give them a good rinse, prepare them as though you are…

Sweet Peas and Washing Lines

I have been cutting my first bunches of sweet peas from the garden, their beautiful scent always reminds me of warm summer days. We’ve grown them in our containers this year, since the garden is largely devoted to producing edibles. They’re rather a strange sight as they tower above hanging baskets and trail alongside planters….. My latest embroidery…