Flowers

I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the woodland in spring this year.  I missed three months of the woodland last year with being either too heavily pregnant to walk very far or stuck in the house recovering with the new-born.  Whereas this year, during lock-down, I’ve had all the time in the world to stoop down …

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We moved house at the end of the summer so this is our first spring in New House. It’s been completely joyful discovering the spring flowers, one by one, as they make their appearance. Neither of us are gardeners, really, so we don’t always know what it is we are looking at, or how to …

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As each of the spring flowers comes out, we get a little closer to the estimated due date of our little baby. First it was the snowdrops, then the crocuses, then the bright yellow daffodils and the calm white narcissus, and then the little blue muscari grape hyacinths came out. Grape hyacinths are my favourite …

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The countryside starts to look a little untidy in August.  The long grasses of July have grown heavy with seed-heads and over-estimated their strength.  They flop about and fall over like unruly drunks.  Buddy’s coat is full of grass seeds and sticky-willys.  He likes to pull the sticky-willys from his coat with his teeth, eat …

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I’ve told you before about our summertime tea-in-the-garden obsession.  It starts early May, even if I have to wear a woolly hat, and continues right through the summer.  Every year I count how many meals we eat at our picnic table in the back garden.  This year has been going particularly well  [although I must …

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The last week of June was absolutely scorching here in the Scottish Borders.  The Birdhouse, my little studio, was swelterama so I retreated indoors to work. I’ve been keeping the top half of the stable door in the kitchen open so I can watch the constant too-ing and fro-ing of the swallows to their nest …

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Two weekends ago I spent the weekend in Pittenweem with my sister & the dog. The plan was to spend two full days walking sections of the Fife Coastal Path but it rained a month’s worth of rain on the Saturday. I discovered very quickly that my new bee-print raincoat isn’t waterproof in the slightest …

The Fife Coastal Path (remembering why walking is great) Read More »

I’m really delighted to be able to let you know that we have raised £1,000 so far for the fundraising for the Borders Macmillan Centre Appeal. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has bought the A Garden for Wildlife cards so far, as well as to Footeprint who donated the first 1,000 cards for …

Fundraising Update: The Borders Macmillan Centre Read More »

For the Spring Pack I compiled my own list of favourite things about Spring (see above).  I thought I’d got it covered but I was blown away by everyone’s contributions in the comments for the giveaway.  It seems that Spring brings A LOT of joy.  Hope, life, love, light, happiness, new beginnings, promise, new life …

The Best Things About Spring [A Shortlist] Read More »

To be honest, this is not the blog post I was hoping to write at the start of March!  By mid February I had psychologically totally moved on to Spring and her busy activity and fresh bright greens.  I was planning a blog post full of sweet meadow scents and new life.  But then ‘The …

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