The Five Year Trees

Planting trees to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary… It was our fifth wedding anniversary just before Christmas. The fifth is ‘wood’ – and we decided to buy each other fruit trees, which we can plant here, and take with us when we move. Hopefully our simple apple and plum trees will be the start of slowly…

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,…

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…

Garden Garlands…

Picking perfect posies of your very own… One of the things I love about summer is the endless arrangements I can make from whatever is in flower in my garden at the time. There is no other season so abundant in colour and fragrance. Having fresh flowers in the house throughout the year is something…

The sweetness of sweet peas…

Nothing says real summer like sweet peas… At the moment we have them all over the house. I love having a bunch on the kitchen table, and a little vase of them in our bedroom too. That sweet, heady scent is never overpowering but always beautifully fresh, and they come in so many delicate pastel…

Berry Mascarpone Fool

Deliciously summery pudding, with a ‘grow your own’ twist… At a recent dinner party I was asked to bring pudding. Anyone that knows me, know pudding is about the one thing I can’t make. I don’t bake and I don’t do sweet things. I can knock up a spicy chicken casserole in a heartbeat, but…