Sat 20th Oct 2018

Today has been Good. Work-wise I’ve harvested and cut back three of four pumpkin plants (the fourth, in the greenhouse frame, hasn’t started dying back at all yet and is clinging on to summer) and set the pumpkins out to cure in the porch, cut back some of the honeysuckle on the coldframe frame, cut…

MUSHROOMS

Just…. mushrooms. So many mushrooms. September has been Mushroom Month. It’s like we actually live in fairyland. So, a post dedicated to all the mushrooms I’ve spotted on our smallholding this month.

Thurs 30th August 2018

Today’s accidental gathering! Went out to look at the veg garden and ended up thinning the carrots and pulling a few stalks of wild onion (possibly allium canadense). Went out later on to smell the rain and regarded the tiny-plum tree and finally identified it as Purple Leaf Plum Tree which happens to have edible…

Weds 29 Aug 2018

Weekly Wednesday Snapshot Some before/after pictures, updates, snapshots. Cleared a LOT away in the “swamp” this week: willowherb, brambles, nightshade, bindweed and nettles. Discovered the willowherb pulls up quite easily by hand, which means no stubble left behind (which there is if I use a scythe). Was only aiming to get through to the apple…

Sat 9th June 2018

We have achieved, together, today. Steve and the kids had pancakes and I came in to see Erika happily trotting off to the sofa with her plate of pancake to sit and chew in peace (with the ipad!). I got the last of my plants in the ground, pulled a load of weeds out of…

Tues 5th June 2018

Um. From starting today off feeling like I could barely even manage to talk to the kids and that I was making an executive decision to stay in pyjamas all day and take it easy, today has been incredibly productive. I made a cinnamon milk loaf, There’s a sourdough in its tin finishing proving overnight,…

Tues 29th May 2018

Today has been a bit of another Nope day in all honesty. Recognising that recovery is very real and very necessary and very much an Okay Thing is great: being able to implement that recovery is – I recognise – a luxury and a privilege. But summer is here and a photography/art project that I…

Sunday 27th May 2018

We’re all coming down with the cold that Steve’s been poorly with, so today has been a very very slow day. It’s been cooler and slightly overcast as well, but still just the right temperature to comfortably wear shorts and teeshirt outside! Eventually Steve and I got dressed (and so did Erika – I decided…

Sat 26th May 2018

So… half an hour to write up the day? Ok, so I finished off the rhubarb and ginger bread and bitter pudding for breakfast (how silly of me to think it would last three servings!) while the others had pancakes. Steve had already been out cutting the grass by the time I surfaced, and headed…

Thurs 10th May 2018

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb You know when all the feels hit you all at once? And they start leaking from your eyes…. Sitting on the patio with Steve, looking around, thinking “we live here”. Not just that but “we are living…