A house full of willow

Christmas seems to have started, even though it barely feels like December. We were outside pollarding willow at Old Sleningford Farm today, followed by an alternative Christmas lunch.


Lasagne with venison, then panettone for desert – with good company, of course – seems a fitting end to a year which started with willow and finished with more.


The willow I brought back with me in March is still aging, shall we say, on the wood pile in the garden. I’m not sure when I will feel it is appropriate for it to go in a hugel bed.

As for the willow today, some of it will be used for wreath-making, so I’ll have to squeeze it back into the car on Wednesday evening. But surely we don’t need all of it, so the question is what to do with the rest…..

While I ponder on that, I will start on the jam that the crackers were stuffed with. Now, isn’t that a great present?

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to A house full of willow

  1. It sounds festive from here, Helen. Enjoy.

  2. Love the idea of the alternative Christmas dinner. This is the first year in ages we’ll actually be having turkey on Christmas Day.

    • Helen says:

      My mum gave up with turkey many moons ago, so thankfully I haven’t had to endure it for several decades (I don’t like turkey). Will you be staying at home for Christmas lunch?

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