The Great British Teasel

This morning the weather was spring-mild, warmed by the yellowest of sunshine so precious of this time of year. I have been out in the garden, pottering around with my secateurs and trowel, happily loosing track of time. As the weather warms invertebrate life becomes active, and I can safely start to gather, cut back …

Love in a box

Theres no place like home. We've all discovered the truth in that saying in the past year! One of the silver linings of us all spending much more time at home was the opportunity to feather our nests - perhaps a deep clean behind the fridge (eeww...), maybe we splashed out on some new soft …

February

"The appearance of the snowdrop is a classic sign that winter is, if not exactly over, at least on the wane, and spring may be around the corner. If we search every nook of our gardens, parks, woods and churchyards, we'll find that tell-tale sign of the of the first green shoots that come before …

Notes from a few days in Exmoor (October)

Well, with lockdown restrictions continuing in various forms across the country, I thought a bit of escapism was needed in lieu of any holidaying for the time being. So here are a few notes and impressions from my notebook, from our last holiday (actually our honeymoon) back in October... Allerford, Somerset. Watching the day dawn …

January

"A summerish January; a winterish spring." New year, new resolutions, new goals, new starts - so much newness that we race into. January shouldn't be about new things really, not yet. We are still deep in mid-winter and waiting for the light which we know has been growing since middle of last month, to show itself. January …

Feeding Garden Birds – from your kitchen to their tables…

The festive season and feasting go hand in hand. Christmas is notorious for triggering over-eating and over-buying. Come January, our winter-vitamin-deficient bodies are craving green, fresh foods - and anyway, more than half of us are on some kind of self-imposed diet! It is estimated that every Christmas, around 270,000 tons of food is wasted …

December

Condensed days, stolen moments of connection. This month we start and end the day in darkness, hours of daylight are short. Sometimes cold and crisp and bright, other times the sun declines to show its face. Nonetheless, we are buoyed by our own lights - those of candle, fairy light and log burner. It’s hard …