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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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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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There’s been an abundance of sunshine over the past month.  It’s a bit cooler this week but that optimistic June feel – the long days and short nights, the warm breeze, the luscious greens – is full of promise.  I sometimes think that the idea of a long summer stretching ahead is better than the …

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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 …

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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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With February comes the noticeable lengthening of the days.  Although the days have been inching longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, it’s only once February dawns that we begin to make some serious daylight progress.  Winter’s midpoint was on February 3rd, and from that point on the days stretch out and the night …

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There’s very little more lovely than seeing the delicate imprint of bird tracks dancing across fresh snow in January.  It feels like you have woken up to a new world.  Snow-fall at New Year always seem poignant, like nature is drawing us a blank slate on which to build the year ahead. A few days …

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I recently shared the motivation behind my new ‘A Garden for Wildlife’ project and now I wanted to tell you about the inspiration behind the specific designs.  The ‘A Garden for Wildlife’ range is all about the plants, flowers and habits that help wildlife to thrive in gardens.  The first one, Winter Food, features a charm …

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I’m really excited to launch my new range of five cards under the theme of ‘A Garden for Wildlife..’  The cards are all about plants & flowers that help wildlife to flourish.  They feature bee-friendly foxgloves, leaf piles that give homes to hedgehogs, weeds that are essential for butterflies, evening-scented flowers that attract moths, and …

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For me, there’s something magical about December.  The heavy frosts, cold dark nights, and whitewashed day-time skies.  The lattice-work of silhouetted bare branches against pastel sunsets.  There’s a stillness to December.  The wildlife seems to have retreated.  The only movement on our walks is the panicked noisy flight of pheasants when Buddy disturbs them.  To …

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