Midsummer magic

Midsummer magic

The sun-filled hours of the summer solstice herald the days of magic and enchanted evenings ahead. Friday is St John’s Eve. There are fresh herbs to pick and the first of the peas to harvest. And dotted about the floor of the woodland end of the garden the barest handful of tiny, bright wild strawberries [...]

New mud on old boots

New mud on old boots

A walk is always a good way to start the new year.  So yesterday, despite grey skies, we headed out.  Along the track leading down to Bablock Hythe, the fruits of the old year cling on as the new year's flowers come into bloom. Hidden among the trees is an old physic well, similar to [...]

Celebrating the autumn equinox – with two seasonal cakes

Celebrating the autumn equinox – with two seasonal cakes

The early morning sun gives definition to the trees that line the hill and picks out the golden bales in the fields below.  This evening it will set at seven, and for a day we will have day and night in equal measure. The hay bales, like giant slices of swiss roll, sit plumply; the [...]