Happy Hens

We recently decided to take the plunge and get chickens. Selfishly because we love fresh eggs every day, less selfishly because Munchkin loves chickens and we decided to get them for her birthday. Everyone wins. I thought it would be pretty straight-forward getting chickens – buy hutch, buy food, pop down to chicken place, pick a chicken,…

Country bumpkins….?

Despite being country dwellers for over two years, it’s pretty clear to me that there is still a long way to go before we feel like bona fide country bumpkins. Finding yourself a nice cottage in a pretty village and buying a pair of wellies is not, unsurprisingly, all it takes. There are certain nuances, skills,…

Foraging in the Woods

We are obviously getting more and more into our local and home-grown produce, and I love the point in every year as we plan what we will grow in our garden. Providing, growing and picking your own food feels like such an important thing in this age of mass consumerism and the amount of waste we’re…

Toddler Trail…

Last week, Munchkin and I headed over to Dyrham Park with friends for one of their weekly Toddler Trails – a free event for the under 5s during term time, featuring activities, crafts, songs and discovery in the Park’s glorious gardens. After negotiating our way down the very steep slope from the car park, in…

Wintery Walks or Springtime Strolls?

The weather recently has been so strange. Last year, April was beautifully sunny and warm, but this year we’re swinging from balmy spring days in the sunshine to freezing, frosty mornings. Last week, I dropped Munchkin off at nursery, dressed in her short, spring-like dungarees, marvelling as she tottered down the path, her bunches bouncing…

Easter Baskets & Being Together…

We had a lovely Easter weekend – filled with just enough activities, family-filled fun and DIY to ensure we fell into our beds on Monday night, exhausted, but basking in that wonderful feeling of having really achieved something. Aside from dismantling and rebuilding an eight foot greenhouse we found on Freecycle (a two day job…

Country Pursuits

There is perhaps one annual event in our limited social calendar that feels more ‘country’ and more ‘Gloucestershire’ than any other: the Siddington Point to Point. A positive hymn to tweed, and a demonstration of the extraordinary British capacity to picnic in any weather, it’s a windy, muddy, messy, glorious way to spend an afternoon – if…

Spring Flings….

The weather is colder at the moment than it was through most of December and January, meaning those fleeting feelings of spring briefly appear, and then scamper away as the frosty wind returns. We spent the weekend with family and loved pottering around beautiful old Bisley…. …an incredibly quaint and old-fashioned little village, the church…

Wintery Wonderings…

The world was so beautiful this morning…just the most incredible sights across the fields as we drove to nursery…. The garden was covered in white tendrils, clinging to everything… A sugary coating that continued across the valley…. I stopped in several gateways to try and capture the beauty of the sunrise… …and the white fields…