Monthly Archives: August 2018

Lunch with a plan

On Monday, we went for lunch at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, near St Austell in Cornwall. I would have enjoyed a look round the gardens themselves but a disgruntled child is not the best companion. However, we had been … Continue reading

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On foot from the Eden Project to St. Austell

It’s easy to get in the car and drive as a way of exploring but inevitably the experience will be different from making a journey on foot. Thus, after noticing there were footpaths leading from the Eden Project site to … Continue reading

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Fowey

Three years ago, when we came to Cornwall for the first time, I was a little surprised that it was such a tourist destination. This time round, I am starting to see the attraction. My daughter herself declared today as … Continue reading

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Bluebell Arboretum

On Monday, we took a detour to get home from my parents, visiting a plant nursery in the Midlands. I have been on the lookout for a dogwood with black stems and am not sure the Cornus alba Kesselringii I … Continue reading

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My loom

A couple of months ago, I reported that a friend had given me a sheep’s fleece so that I could make a chair mat similar to some she had made herself. And now I have the loom to do it. … Continue reading

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Cucumber as big as the sweetcorn

I decided it was time to investigate one of the sweetcorn cobs. Was it ready or not? In the same patch, there was also a cucumber which I felt was ready to pick, even though it was very small. But … Continue reading

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Sweetcorn vs. Jerusalem artichokes

I’ve already decided the Jerusalem artichokes need to be moved to a pot after this growing season. This space is going to have a hazel tree in it. However, there is another very good reason for the move: not only … Continue reading

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Curd: a tale of many plusses

Very close to us there are blackberries enough to feed both man and beast quite substantially. With the fruit ripening earlier this year (because of the hot weather), I therefore decided to try out a recipe in order to use … Continue reading

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Isn’t it ironic?

Last night, I had a two-hour blast of painting the new fence but had to stop because of the light faded. So, this afternoon, I nipped out to finish the panel I’d given up on yesterday. Rain had been forecast … Continue reading

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Spraying the beans

It decided to be another hot day yesterday but fortunately we were mostly working in the cool of the forest garden at Old Sleningford Farm. Towards the end of the day, we did some weeding in the raised beds area, … Continue reading

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