• How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Not very well. Here’s one reason why. Voltaire sunbathing and flower squashing While I was taking the photo of Voltaire, one of the new chickens was eating my crocs. What is it with poultry and plastic footwear? They all go for them! Croc-a-doodle-do Our tiny flowerbed in front of the...


  • Skids, Slits And How To Water A Pig

    I must have learned to ride a bike when I was about five, in time to cycle to and from school every day with my brother and sister. So I’ve been cycling – a lot – for the best part of forty-five years but I’ve never left a skid mark...


  • Singing Walls!

    We all know the hills are alive with the sound of  music. Well, the walls of our house are alive with birdsong. There must be hundreds of sparrows residing in holes in our two-hundred-year old stone house, and another flotilla of them under the eaves. They cheep and chirrup from...


  • Move Over Pumpkins!

    Celeriac in the vegetable patch Until this year, pumpkins have reigned supreme as our most successful homegrown garden produce. It would be easier to say our best veg, but it isn’t. Squashes are fruit since they have their seeds inside them. But I digress. To the kids’ horror, pumpkins have...


  • A DEEElightful Idea To Encourage Recycling

    You get this symbol now on all EEE goods It’s shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, or as would be more likely in our case, after the chickens have got in and raided the pig food bin, but last week saw a competition between over 100 towns...