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A single spear

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and got to enjoy some of the sunshine. We headed up to Yorkshire and sweltered in our woolly jumpers, entirely unprepared for the heatwave. We had a great time but at the … Continue reading

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A frosty morning

It is a beautiful frosty morning; the type that we’d get at the beginning of November in Scotland, but is a novelty here, even in January. In the still air, plumes of steam rise from the flues of hard-working household … Continue reading

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Pumpkin problems

Something has been eating our pumpkins! We had a prize specimen of which we were very proud. It was getting fatter by the day and turning a fabulous golden orange. But one day it had some teeth marks in it … Continue reading

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Blossom End Rot

Things have gone very wrong with our tomatoes. We’ve had tons but the majority are marked by the same brown rash. It’s called Blossom End Rot. It’s a physiological problem caused by a lack of calcium getting to the fruit. … Continue reading

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Rain

Here is a little illustration I did of the greengrocers on the high street. They have a great range of local fruit and vegetables. I’m enjoying taking mealtime inspiration from the seasonal treats they have in stock. We had some … Continue reading

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Slowly, slowly

You’ll be pleased to know I’ve stopped flapping. Slowly, slowly my heart has caught up with my body. Little by little the jarring exhaustion of constant newness has given way to gentle wonder. Our new house was built in 1932. … Continue reading

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Inheriting

In a kind of lovely postscript to my last post, I received a brilliant email. I’ll quote a little bit of it:  “…just a quick note to say we moved into your old house a month ago and adore your … Continue reading

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A brace of pheasants

This pair appeared on our doorstep this week. Our next door neighbour has been beating for one of the local shoots and brought us home a souvenir. Little Owl took one look at them and said they made her sick. … Continue reading

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Plants for such-and-such a spot

Big Dreamer’s parents have an incredible garden. My eyes were nearly popping out with envy when we visited them last week. On arriving home, by contrast, our plot looked pretty wretched. It’s not for want of trying but I think … Continue reading

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Broad Beans

Some seeds in our garden have completely failed to germinate this year. I’ve not seen hide nor hair of the beetroot, courgettes, or pumpkins. The odd spinach and lettuce has come up but nothing compared to last year. In contrast, … Continue reading

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