Monthly Archives: April 2015

From the cracks in the earth

We had been waiting for a decent downpour every day. But the days they came and the days they went and apart from what amounted to not more than a bit of drizzle the promised rain held off. In fact, … Continue reading

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More pots than a person could know what to do with

As I was working out in the garden this morning, I was reminded of when I first moved into my home in 2009. Just about all of the garden has been touched in someway since then – except for one … Continue reading

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Filling the front garden in

The other day I saw my neighbours conferring over the front garden. Now, it might have been to do with the edging, how to mow the lawn in view of the cardboard, or some such issue. And I do appreciate … Continue reading

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The beauty of bulbs

Flowers are great – adding colour to the garden and encouraging bees. They also fill me with joy, because at last something is going on while I wait for the food production to kick in. A month or so ago, … Continue reading

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Self-sufficiency

At the weekend, I picked nettles and got straight down to making nettle cordial. Now this evening I bottled it up, even though the recipe said to leave the mix to rest for a week. Basically, I thought the syrup … Continue reading

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Developments in the front garden

When we came back from Cornwall just over a week ago, the front garden greeted us as follows.    To be frank, I was a little embarrassed. I’d forgotten about dandelions being impervious to smothering and hadn’t reckoned on cats … Continue reading

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First forage

Anglers Country Park, just outside Wakefield, used to be the site of an open-cast mine but has now become a lake with bird hides and paths for walkers and cyclists. As my daughter recently learned to ride a bike, I … Continue reading

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