dianthus plant

Losing time in the garden

I SHOULD be making curtains, but in fact I spent the entire day planning the new borders in the garden and ordering seed in an attempt to cut the cost of filling them.…

sunrise at newchester farmhouse

January change of pace

It’s maintenance time! The last jollities of New Year done and dusted, so up early, on with the wellies and out into the orchard to get the polytunnel up (all…

Starling Murmurations in Somerset

The rain has stopped and with a crisp cold day and no guests, I went up to Ham Wall RSPB reserve up the road to watch the starlings come in to roost. It’s a huge…

clouds over the garden

Friday Photo

Garden looking a bit moody the other day. Washing in.

dead hedge

Garden Distractions

As I am still hobbling in a pathetic old woman sort of way with an inflamed tendon (two years!!!) I seized the opportunity to persuade a nephew to take pity on me and…

the bishops palace in wells

Gardens of Somerset

We set off on an explore of Somerset gardens, just ahead of Storm Ali, with a trip to Wells. In normal fashion, the first stop was somewhere to eat (no point in site…

line of silver trees

Colours of an English summer

Went on a walk the other day and couldn’t stop looking at this line of trees, leaves all silver in the wind. It was beautiful.

cinnabar catterpillar on ragwort

Weeds and Wildlife

Ragwort – a new discovery for me – tries to grow all over the property, but is generally mown down before it puts its head too much above the soil line.…

baleful stare of a hen

Life after hens

The reptilian glare of a chicken is quite off-putting. Chickens seem so alien, compared to other birds – robins and blackbirds – with their exaggerated…