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Kiss November goodbye

November has been both sensual and sensational this year, from start to finish. The trees around here have been giving us a …

Beds, Clocks & Broomsticks

James Wong (botanist and BBC broadcaster) recently wrote an article in The Guardian, “Autumn is for beginnings”, in which he laments the …

Colour therapy

Yesterday was a glorious day, not least for having the colour back in my cheeks. The garden also seemed to be reflecting my …

And… Relax

I’ve had a really busy couple of weeks (and weekends) with work, so it was wonderful to get home early yesterday and wander the …

November is for…

In the kitchen garden, November is for Preserving, Protecting and Planning (and a little Planting, if you feel like it) Here’s 10 things I’ve got to …

misty morning

I do love this time of year. Here’s some late-September views around the garden.

Sloe Gin: Mothers bruin’

We’ve been out in the Devon countryside today, picking sloes, the fruit of the blackthorn tree. We’re going to make Sloe Gin. …

Crumble under pressure

This afternoon I’m more nervous than usual with the ‘Random Ingredients Challenge’ that is my default method of cooking. My daughter has been …

Taking ex-stream measures

Autumn wouldn’t be autumn without a spot of blackberry picking. And how lucky am I to have a hedgerow full of them …

Saturday night sausages

Add an apple to any dish, and suddenly autumn is here. My parents left a bag of apples from their orchard on the …

What’s the time, Mr Wolf?

“It’s Autumn Time!” Just like the children’s game, a garden will suddenly creep up on you and run amok the moment your back …