Scottish Borders

I was going to write a blog post with 10 things I’ve learnt from 10 years in business.  I started it and realised I would much rather hear from some of the amazing women who I’ve met in the past 10 years.  I’ve met so many talented, capable, interesting women with brilliant businesses since I …

10 Years, 10 Women, 10 Lessons Read More »

This week marks ten years since I registered as self employed and began my business journey.  Ten years!  I honestly can’t believe I’ve been doing this for a decade.  It genuinely still feels brand new.  I still look at other businesses and think how nice it would be to be that established and to know …

How It All Began Read More »

I’ve chosen the oystercatcher as my bird of the month for April.  I’ve always loved oystercatchers.  They were my Gran’s favourite bird (and I have a Mairi Hedderwick oystercatcher print that was hers).  They are seaside nostalgia.  They are noisy and bold and a bit extra.  They eat cockles like Londoners.  There’s nothing not to …

Bird of the Month April: Oystercatcher Read More »

[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 7 of my sketchbook-learnings.] I’m a little behind with my update on the chestnuts.  Things have been really very busy in my little business.  It has been so hard for brick & mortar shops this year, and …

The Drygrange Chestnuts Pt.7: CONKERS Read More »

We are just back from a much needed few days by the sea.  I’ve always been of the opinion that the closer you are to the ocean, the better you feel.  I’ve just googled “why is being by the sea good for you?” and this is what I’ve learnt: doctors have been prescribing curative trips …

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside Read More »

Here at Drygrange there are some wonderful Horse Chestnut trees in the woodland.  I have two favourites in particular.  One of them overhangs the drive in, and the other one is fairly nearby down a muddy slope.  I always make a point of greeting them as we walk by.  I have really enjoyed watching them …

The Drygrange Chestnuts: A New Project for 2020 Read More »

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 …

Our First Spring at New House Read More »

The bird feeders in the garden at New House are very busy. I call it the Great Tit Kingdom. The Great Tits are the majority party, and seem to rule the feeders. Then there’s the Blue Tits and Coal Tits who compete for space on a daily basis. The Nuthatches and Woodpeckers are more sporadic …

The Slightly Dim Sparrowhawk Read More »

One thing we were delighted to discover when we moved into The New House was that the peanut feeders in the garden were frequented by nuthatches. They are a bird I’ve always admired but not known a great deal about so I decided to do some research. Here’s what I learnt: Nuthatches seldom travel far …

The New House Has Nuthatches Read More »

As part of the Just A Card campaign that highlights the value of shopping from independent makers, shops and galleries, I’ve put together a quick guide to some of my favourite makers in right here in the Scottish Borders.  Don’t worry if you’re not in the area to buy from them: they have online shops! …

A Scottish Borders Christmas Gift Guide Read More »

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