Outdoors

Snowdrops and snowflakes, blossom and bees

For days now the cherry plum trees that line the end of the garden have been spangled with white blossom. We’ve missed the clear, crisp days of winter when the sky is blue and the air cold.  Instead this profusion of tiny flowers must be our frost and our snow. Beneath the branches, huddled together,… Continue reading Snowdrops and snowflakes, blossom and bees

Craft room · Indoors · Outdoors

Winter walks and the year ahead

I often think that winter is my favourite time to be outdoors. The wind is harsh yes, but the sun is kinder. No sun burn, no insect bites, no nettle stings. We can stride out across the fields. Open spaces uncluttered; no leaves on the trees. The hedgerows reveal their bony structures, adorned with the… Continue reading Winter walks and the year ahead

Indoors · Pantry

More simple ways to cheer up dark days – cranberry and chocolate cookies

Stir up Sunday has been and gone and Advent is upon us. Time to start enjoying some festive flavours. My recent haul of vintage china from the “everything a pound” stall at the local market included a pretty plate, so I baked a batch of biscuits as an excuse to use it. These cookies are… Continue reading More simple ways to cheer up dark days – cranberry and chocolate cookies

Indoors · Outdoors · Pantry

Mists and mellow fruitfulness – blackberry, pear and cardamom loaves

The mists have begun. There are mornings when it hangs thick in the valley below, cloaking the woods in the distance and rolling across the garden, picking out cobwebs with its droplets as it goes. But when it lifts, Autumn’s colours are revealed below skies of the clearest blue. Some of the bluest we’ve seen all… Continue reading Mists and mellow fruitfulness – blackberry, pear and cardamom loaves