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Growing Heritage Fruit Trees. Part III.

~ Buying Heritage Fruit trees, lessons learnt ~ Mail order: With heritage fruit tree varities not always in great supply it can at times feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Searching through online catalogues and mail order has at times been the only way for us to source some fruit tree varieties. The […]


Growing Heritage Fruit Trees. Part II.

In my previous blog article Growing Heritage Fruit Trees PART I, I suggested taking some time to learn about the different heritage fruit tree varieties, by doing this research it helps you make an informed decision about what fruit trees you would like to buy, plant, maintain, grow and harvest. Plus the fruit tree descriptions […]


Fabric Bags

Making some new drawstring bags were just the ticket to help me do a warm up on the sewing machine after not using it for some time. These two bags are made from a small vintage table cloth that had a lily embroidered in each corner. Originally bought to make into a small curtain for […]


Honeybee & the Potatoes!

How is your garden list of things to do for the week looking? I’m trying to be realistic, prioritise things and still have that goal of doing something for half an hour in the garden each day.  Hopefully we’ll be able to tick everything off the list over the weekend weather permitting. Some tasks on […]


Garden Postcards: An Apricot Tree Story

21st June 2021. Garden Postcards. The Moorpark Apricot Tree. I feel like we have just said goodbye to an old friend this morning, but it was an old friend we had said goodbye to a couple of years ago that bought up these feelings of sadness and loss. It was also melancholy, remembering the fond […]


Garden Plans.

As you may have read in previous posts our garden has been undergoing some major renovations. It’s all good. Resilience and regeneration are two words that are always in my thoughts when I am thinking about garden plans here at Fairy Wren Cottage. I first planned this garden based on Permaculture principles and that frame […]


The Grey Shrike Thrush.

We have been slowly working away on different projects in the garden, the list changes with the seasons and what becomes a priority. For example the raspberries that once grew where the hot house now is spent weeks in the wheelbarrow but new growth meant a quick decision on where to replant them, decisions seemed […]


Broad Beans & a morning in the garden.

We have just come in from spending a lovely couple of hours in the Kitchen Garden this morning. The sun was warm enough to wear a 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and sit on the garden bench with our faces towards the sun and feel the warmth on our skin. There are two donkeys that live close […]


Garden Postcards ebook.

A warm welcome back to Fairy Wren Cottage and a heartfelt thank you for the lovely feedback I have been receiving since sharing my latest ebook. If you don’t already subscribe you can click the link to download Garden Postcards plus my other free ebooks. Preserve the Harvest, Quinces, Nest, Food Hedges, Quiet Moments and […]


Subscribing & Unsubscribing.

Oh my gosh! I have been unsubscribing left,  right and centre to different companies that have automatically put me on their mailing list when I have bought something from them, or done an online course with them or signed up to a mailing list that I am no longer interested in. Just to be clear […]