Raspberries and Roses

A post about acceptance. The seasons are gently changing. Growth is slowing down, and with this there is a joy in noticing each new bloom. Autumn is a comfy chair. Better to sink in to it, and take what it offers.

Grottos and seafood

An exploration of the very different colours and textures of the Gironde. Chalky whites and greys are the background to bright splashes of colour from Oleander and Hibiscus, with the wonderful blue shutters popping up in the background.

Glamour

Regular readers will be aware that last weekend I was engulfed by a) envy and then b) admiration for Sarah Raven at the Perch Hill Open garden. Some of her style seems to have rubbed off on me! I should say that I am possibly the least glamourous person in the world.  I don’t wear any jewellery…

Bounty

It’s that time of year when we can’t keep up with what we’ve grown. I am taking courgettes to work with me.  If you knock at our door, you have to be prepared to take a bag full of runner beans. We send our youngest to the fruit cage every evening to pick raspberries for…

Returning the egg boxes

I think it is fair to say that most of the UK got a wake-up call with David Attenborough’s BBC documentary series Blue Planet II.  The image of the pilot whale carrying her dead baby around will, I hope, stay with me forever. I am using that dead baby whale to remind our children not to…

In a vase on Monday: recovered gems

I so loved the arrangement by Cathy, Words and Herbs last week, so I thought I would do something similar with glass bottles and jars. There is Hyacinth ‘Woodstock’ (the deeper purple), ‘Jan Bos’ (the pink), a rogue little tulip ‘Passionale’ who escaped by excavations in the raised bed last year, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae (‘Mrs Robb’s Bonnet’), Crocus…

Orange, apricot and almond flapjack

As I eagerly expect some snow (please please please let there be enough for an igloo!) I thought I would have a little play in the kitchen. This recipe comes from one of the two wonderful Wendys in my life.  Food has emotional warmth and meaning attached to it, and I love collecting recipes from friends….

The flower-grower’s veg

If you are a seasoned allotment-holder, look away now.  This selection will not feed a family of four.  If you, like me, dabble in veg for aesthetic purposes, for the colours and shapes and tastes, and the delight of popping a pod of peas into a waiting colander, then this post is for you. Since…

Marmalade

There’s not much to do in the way of gardening, but Stephen’s making sourdough and our year’s supply of marmalade. Unlike jam, where all you have to do is weigh your fruit, add an equal weight of sugar, and maybe a strip of lemon peel, marmalade is a two-day process. Yesterday he peeled off the…