Category Archives: BACK TO NATURE

Once the grape harvest is over, the landscape in the Tarn département in south western France becomes an autumnal patchwork of vineyards – veined leaves glowing fiery red and burnt orange, bathed in soft, tired sunlight. When the autumn mists … …keep reading

At this time of year, the front of our cottage is a-buzz with honey bees, while the rooms upstairs are filled with sweet scent. It’s all thanks to a beautiful rambling rose called ‘Bobbie James’, which is in full bloom … …keep reading

I found this pretty, vintage 1940s (?) classroom poster at a flea market recently and couldn’t resist. It shows Beech (in Autumn), Sycamore, Horse Chestnut and Larch trees and it’s the perfect, simple, nature-themed print for a bedroom wall.

(Woodland bluebells at Basildon Park, May 2016) The Bluebell is the sweetest flower That waves in summer air: Its blossoms have the mightiest power To soothe my spirit’s care. – Emily Brontë

Another post about chickens?! A tad egg-cessive perhaps (groan), but finding fresh, still-warm eggs in their nests is now my favourite morning ritual, rivalled only by eating them for breakfast. And they look SO lovely lined up.

OK, so we’re not quite there – we still have a fortnightly supermarket delivery – but with daily fresh eggs from our (rather naughty) hens Isla White and Princess Layer, plus a glut of rhubarb and leeks from the allotment … …keep reading

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the newly re-opened and restored walled kitchen gardens at the National Trust’s Croome Court, which is a truly remarkable feat of restoration and attention to detail. The garden is still a work-in-progress, but … …keep reading

With baskets of greenery pinched obtained from the nearby fields and hedgerows, today we made fresh wreaths. I used these 16-inch diameter wreath bases with floristry foam so the wreaths would stay fresh for the whole festive period. Happy Christmas!

Found this little vintage herb guide in a secondhand bookshop in Wales recently. It’s the perfect prop of course, but also contains some hilarious chapters where the author can’t conceal their disdain for certain herbs. For example, Sweet Cicely is … …keep reading

June has been HECTIC. In between deadlines, trips, shoots and stress, the cutting patch in our back garden has been keeping me sane. The sweet peas are thriving and I’m able to fill a jam jar a day with flowers … …keep reading