A Greener Baby

While it could be said that having a baby is not the best thing for the environment, we have certainly tried our best to reduce our little boy’s impact on the planet and build a better future for him. From the outset we were certain that we didn’t want to overwhelm our little house with…

Spring Cleaning

*   ‘The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur,…

Jubilee Jaunts

A brief summary of June…. Our tiny meadow is slowly turning our little yard a lush green… *   Shockingly Awful Jubilee weather, but in true British form we had a picnic on Reeth green during our holiday and enjoyed listening to the band. Blowing a gale and a temperature of 10 C did not deter the picnickers !…

A Meadow- In Minature

*   The scent of Spring is palpable and thoughts turn to all things green and new. The garden is beginning to awaken pushing hopeful green shoots through the soil, whilst birds chatter excitedly from our neighbour’s Holly. We’ve been entertaining friends from Canada in the last week, such a pleasure to take time to enjoy…

Moments in March

*   Sadly we lost Mr. Rupert last week, our black lop eared rabbit. It seems such a short time since we were collecting the two brothers from the rescue centre and welcoming them to their new home. He will be very much missed by CC and I but especially Mr. Gerry his lovely brother. We…

Freezing MangeTout

We’ve had a lovely crop of MangeTout (Sugarsnap Peas) and have had a go at freezing them. This has worked really well and should ensure that we have some lovely homegrown vegetables in winter. How To Freeze Your Vegetable Harvest 1. Pick your vegetables and give them a good rinse, prepare them as though you are…

Sweet Peas and Washing Lines

I have been cutting my first bunches of sweet peas from the garden, their beautiful scent always reminds me of warm summer days. We’ve grown them in our containers this year, since the garden is largely devoted to producing edibles. They’re rather a strange sight as they tower above hanging baskets and trail alongside planters….. My latest embroidery…

Peaches and Summer

Gerry is looking so much better, he’s greedily gobbling all the dandelion leaves I can get for him ( great excuse for not being too thorough with the weeding). CC has been telephoning at lunchtime to check on the progress of the patient. My parents and brother are coming for dinner tonight which gives me…

Gerry and Rupert Rabbits

Gerry and Rupert are enjoying their new enclosure, they have their own little vegetable plot which I’ve planted randomly with out of date seeds. They’re quite happy to provide vast quantities of wonderful fertiliser for my garden in exchange for good quality hay and vegetables. Not to mention that we love them to bits, they’re…

Hello

Welcome ! I hope to share with you the thrill and sense of satisfaction which comes with growing and making your own, pass on tips and helpful hints and enthuse  on a wide variety of topics, including craft, baking and container gardening. In short my ‘Good Life’ aspirations ! I’m definitely no expert, work full…