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,…

The English Country Garden…

I don’t think there is anywhere better to be than an English Country Garden in the summer. New blooms appear overnight, flowerbeds and pots are awash with colour, the bees are so happy you can almost hear it as they go about their business, and the sight – and smell – of a fresh rose is…

Rococo Gardens

A sunny day amidst the best of England’s green and pleasant land… The Rococo Gardens in Painswick were designed in the 1740s as a flamboyant pleasure garden for entertaining guests. The beautiful, quirky setting  has all the charm of an English country garden, coupled with some dramatic flourishes and intriguing buildings. With a flower garden, vegetable garden, a pond,…

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…