Outdoors

Blooms for bees: September

Although September has brought misty mornings and dampness, grey skies and little sun, there are still bees in the garden; their hum and buzz a lasting echo of summer. And here are the plants they are visiting; all late-flowering and nectar-rich, providing a feast for the bees as autumn takes hold: Sedum herbstfreude ‘Autumn Joy’ Honeybees… Continue reading Blooms for bees: September

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