Cooking · Country life · Food & Drink · Foraging · Recipe

Damson ketchup is a winner…

Deep down I secretly enjoy the slow turn of seasons as summer melds into autumn. Yes, I miss wearing a bikini in the garden, slopping around in flip flops, sipping rosé in the sun, sitting outside late into the night, flinging on a pair of towering sandals, lighting barbecues, wrapping myself in floaty dresses and helping… Continue reading Damson ketchup is a winner…

Cooking · Country life · Isolation

Isolation forces freezer adventures to continue…

…you know you’ve got too much time on your hands when you make an inventory of your freezer – yes that’s actually happened, I did that – and guess what, I rather enjoyed it! We all know that most of us have no idea what’s in there and it’s true to say I didn’t. Who… Continue reading Isolation forces freezer adventures to continue…

Country life · Countryside · Dog walks · Norfolk

I have a new love and I don’t mind shouting about it…

…footpaths. Yep, I’ve officially hit middle age and I’ve a new love for footpaths. Having spent my formative years in the Sea Scouts I’d forgotten how satisfying it is to open a paper Ordnance Survey map and trundle across the countryside. It offers up a whole new world to anyone wishing to dive right in. It… Continue reading I have a new love and I don’t mind shouting about it…

Country life · Countryside · Harvest · Norfolk

The hum of harvest…

The hum of harvest isn’t something that pleases everyone but, for me, the sound of harvest filling the air really does bring me great happiness. I haven’t ever really sat down to think why – maybe it’s because the beautiful drone of the harvesters and the rumble of the tractors scurrying across the fields signifies… Continue reading The hum of harvest…

Country life · Countryside · Dog walks · Nature · Norfolk

A February morning on the farm…

As February gathers momentum we’ve had some wet and windy mornings but we’ve also had some frosty, misty and bright mornings. These are the mornings when going outside isn’t a chore. The air is still, the sky is full of optimism and the ground is crispy and crunchy underfoot. And, it’s not just me that… Continue reading A February morning on the farm…

Country life · Farm life · Gardening

A year in the making…

For the past few years my most favourite festive activity has been to make a Christmas wreath. I love the beauty of them, their brightness and greenness. They welcome visitors into our home and give a cheeriness to the farm. But what I really love is the task of gathering the ingredients. Traditionally I have made them with… Continue reading A year in the making…

Country life · Norfolk

Why I will remember this Remembrance Sunday for all the wrong reasons…

I am writing this out of sheer frustration at the shambles of a remembrance event I attended yesterday. I’ve been trying to get over my annoyance but can’t seem to shrug it off. So, if you’ll bear with me, I feel the need to put pen to paper as it were. I make sure that I mark Remembrance… Continue reading Why I will remember this Remembrance Sunday for all the wrong reasons…