Archive of ‘Outside’ category

snow stream

The Seasons Outside My Back Door: Week 2 January 2016

Winter Streams Now the little rivers go Muffled safely under snow, And the winding meadow streams Murmur in their wintry dreams… Bliss Carman, ‘Poems’ This week has been all about the cold finally making an appearance. And I should add, making a welcome appearance. Whilst the ducks have enjoyed the milder, wet weather, it is […] Read more…

Easy Plum Jam

Easy Plum Jam Recipe

I gain a quiet sense of satisfaction from seeing through the seasons and creating something delicious with the harvest. From that first blossom in spring, to the emerging fruit, then observing it soften and become ripe. It is an amazing natural process. But a process that, thanks to supermarkets and modern means of production, we tend to forget […] Read more…

red chicken

Nine Ways Chickens Have Given My Life Balance

This post was first published on the UK Huffington Post site. Yes, I am delighted to say, I’m now a Huff Post blogger. If you’ve watched any of the Jurassic Park films it’s hard to believe that the Tyrannosaurus Rex’s closest living relative, the chicken, could be credited with restoring balance into my life. And, […] Read more…

large red poppy

Poppies Galore

I think I’m what you might call a wimpy gardener. I’m the sort of person who becomes anxious if I cut a few flowers away from the main plant. Worrying because the flowers would have a longer life in the garden than in a vase in the house. I’ll only do this if there is a profusion of […] Read more…

Oxeye Daisy

June Wildflowers

Wandering down the far end of the meadow with my dog, I get an enormous amount of pleasure. Because there, by the little bridge we’ve created over the winter stream, is my tiny meadow of wildflowers. I am absolutely thrilled to bits with it. The dominant flower at the moment is the Oxeye Daisy, but around […] Read more…

baby chick

The Arrival of the Chicks

After the stench of the cloakroom when we got the ducklings we were reluctant to have anything small that required being in the warm for a few weeks. Knowing I wanted more chickens, we’ve lost a couple so far this year, I thought it might be rather lovely to have six-week-olds. Because they could go […] Read more…

Granny's Bonnet

In the May Garden

I’m taking the week off. Yes, I know, I’m here now typing away but I just couldn’t resist posting these pictures of the flowers in my garden. I never thought I’d say this, but I love looking at them; in real life and through pictures. Especially the lupin. I could gaze at the lupin for […] Read more…

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Wildflowers

Over on the Sarah Raven blog I have written extensively about my frustrations with growing wildflowers from seed. The first year I tried it I scattered them willy-nilly, without much thought, and achieved a beautiful display. Flushed with wildflower success I thought I’d go bigger the following year. And it didn’t quite work. I dug up turf […] Read more…

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