Category Archives: FORAGING

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

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!

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

This year, I managed to catch the wild garlic before it flowered and went bitter. (Last year’s attempt was a sad hashtag foraging fail, which involved ‘grassy’ meals, much scraping-out of jars and a fair amount of swearing.) Luckily, my … …keep reading

And so, to the fields of Oxfordshire. If you want rhubarb,  tulips, fresh eggs or pickled onions, hurry – while stocks last.

Stole this branch of blossom from the supermarket car park. (Might file this under ‘foraging’…) Am so glad I did – it’s bringing a welcome bit of spring to a dark corner.

It’s definitely cold enough in our house now to start lighting fires in the evenings. To get our logs roaring, I make these easy firelighters every autumn using pine cones, cheap tea lights (such as GLIMMA, £1.75 for 100 from IKEA) … …keep reading

Skipping through the verdant Surrey woodland recently, we gathered fresh wild garlic leaves. I picked happily, the husband, less so. He was: ‘very concerned about the possibility of dog wee’ and ‘suspicious’ that we were: ‘actually picking poisonous-and-very-similar-looking Lily of … …keep reading