Sat 1st December 2018

Late night panic last night because the mini tree had lost one of its legs and there’s no way I could risk bringing the proper advent calendars down (even if I had been organised enough to have bought mini chocolates to go in them) but at least I knew where the elves were! Tree wedged…

Do you elf-it?

We do. We’ve been elfing since Ben was 4 I think. The elves that visit each advent have become fast friends with the boys and even at 10 and 7 years old they have STILL been asking – no, telling me – that the elves will be visiting again this year. What I don’t do,…

Weds 7th Nov 2018

#weeklywednesdaysnapshot Since I last did a snapshot (I still need to upload a couple I actually managed to write as well) we’ve had 2 birthdays, 3 viruses, and a burnout relapse so rather than this quarter being a chance to recover and reset it’s become a bit of a survival period instead. There have been…

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.

Happy place

Quite often we catch ourselves and have to wonder if we do actually live in fairyland here.

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…

Weekly Wednesday Update

I thought if I don’t manage to get daily journal entries done, I can at least get a snapshot of each week written up! Steve bought me some work dungarees this week so I have wasted no time in trying them out. We’ve enjoyed the colours in the big flowerbed over the spring and summer,…

Mon 23rd July 2018

I’m slowly getting some of my Self back online after a wonderful (but exhausting) visit from most of my side of the family, and I have about twenty (or something, it feels like that anyway) started / half written / written but with no photos blog posts in my notes, but have had no writing…