Journal

A handful of greengages

A handful of greengages

Picking greengages from the tree in the garden has become a seasonal ritual. Usually the first fruits are ripe by the second half of August, but this year I haven't had to wait that long. Everything outside seems a good week or two ahead, and I have to keep reminding myself that there are still [...]

Views from Norway

Views from Norway

We were heading in search of small things - spindle whorls, keys, beads, and linen smoothers - but a building in the distance caught our attention, and before we knew it we had stumbled across the biggest, most incredible view. A wide sky, water below, and mountain upon mountain in the distance. We had reached [...]

Blooms for bees: June

Blooms for bees: June

June has been a buzzy month in the garden with plenty of visiting bumblebees and the constant activity of our two resident bee populations. Tree bumblebees have been nesting under the eaves of the bay windows on the west side of the house; while at the bottom of the garden, in the shade, buff-tailed bumblebees [...]

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 [...]