How time slips away when you’re in the garden

Today I’m writing to the soundtrack of a summer thunderstorm. There are sporadic deep grumbles among the more insistent rain and it’s probably only a matter of time before they are joined by crackling flashes of lightning. Why share our inclement weather with you? Well partly because it’s a cause of much excitement here as … More How time slips away when you’re in the garden

Preserving and Making Space: My Adventures in Marmalade

We were still mid move when I first drafted this post but as I publish we’ve been ‘here’ 6 weeks. Actually since we officially moved, and by that I mean sold out house and had to vacate it earlier than planned, I’ve actually been back in the UK finishing up some fieldwork, come back to … More Preserving and Making Space: My Adventures in Marmalade

A Darwinian Hybrid

One of the nicest things about having an allotment is seeing things re-emerge in spring bringing colour back to the plot. For me this means seeing the ‘Cowslips’ flower and provide nourishment for the bees as they emerge from their winter sleep. Cowslips are a particular favourite of mine. They transport me back to my … More A Darwinian Hybrid

Allotting…

This was our first fine sunny spring weekend so we took the opportunity to do some much overdue tasks at the allotment. Saturday was clearing out the shed, planting the broad beans and some general tidying up, including clearing out the pond a bit. Sunday was clearing out the compost heaps, my least favourite and … More Allotting…