We have a number of old apple trees in our walled garden. One is an unknown variety and could not be identified by the RHS. However, this has proven good for juice and cider making and normally ripens September. The other varieties are Cox, Beauty of Bath and Bramley. All varieties that relate to...Continue reading
I have finally managed to get my Brew/ Wine/ Honey extraction kitchen up and running. Not quite finished. Still need to tile the floor, finish tiling the walls and put the last shelves up, but it is now fully operational. Rather than use the utility room, I have transformed part of the Shippen into...Continue reading
It’s been a nightmare this year! Frost killing the beans and pumpkins. Crows and magpies eating the eggs. Foxes eating the livestock. What next? We’ve now had an invasion of rabbits eating the crops! So this is where the dog comes into her own. Yes, she is a good mouse, mole and rat catcher,...Continue reading
This year we have had the chance to net the strawberries properly. I built a fruit cage from some galvanised pipe and blue water pipe. Its proved to be quite affective. The peasants pace up and down outside and this year the crop loss has been low. We have been picking (or rather Barbara)...Continue reading
We knew it existed, and were told when we were buying the house where it was, but due to overgrowth we hadn’t unearthed the well that once supplied the house with water. Until now. In the former scullery (marketed on the estate agent’s brochure as a utility room! lol) was the pump connected to...Continue reading
From an old photograph, the boundary along our stream was not maintained for around 45 years. What was once a hedge has grown to become a line of trees....
I had a load of beautiful seedless grapes this year. The vines have produced a bumper crop. I thought I would have a go at making raisins. I did a trial batch of one tray, but then decided to fill the drier. The big surprise was the number of grapes it takes to produce...Continue reading
We are in full summer now, flowers blooming all over the place and the bees are busy. This glorious picture, nicely summarises some of the glorious flowers in bloom at the moment....
We have probably grown too many sweet peas this year (if you can have too many). The seed was selected for scent and even though the flowers are mostly varying forms of white, the scent is amazing. Dotted around the house and in the vegetable garden (where they are growing), the perfume is amazing,...Continue reading
The lavender we have planted around the house is coming into flower. The bees are all over it. Honey bees and bumble bees, all going from bush to bush. Fantastic!...