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What holds us.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what holds us like a safety net when life throws a curve ball or we are in a transition time in our lives. For me it is the strong day to day foundations that anchor us, the everyday things, a comfortable tidy home, well organised, some meal prep, things […]


How to make Lavender Sachets.

Lavender Satchets. The lavender sachets are made from scraps of fabric left over from previous sewing projects, a piece of embroidery cotton (floss) is used to tie up the sachets cut out with pinking shears. The sachets are made smaller than what you would probably find in the shops, the organic lavender is strong smelling, you don’t […]


Names and sources of fabrics used.

Hello there! Thank you for the positive feedback and questions after I posted this photo. I made the cushions myself and have listed the fabric for you below. Left to Right. First little pillow. Fabric on the front. Cath Kidston. Hampstead Rose Blue. Fabric on the back. Green linen offcut. Left over material from a […]


Q & A: When is the best time to buy fruit trees, roses and berries.

Keep a look out for bare rooted fruit trees, berries and roses sold barerooted, usually in bags full of some type of sawdust medium. Late Autumn through to mid Winter are when they are in the nurseries or on mail order and at their prime to be taken home and planted. Late Winter is when […]


Q & A : What are your favourite things to grow.

Potatoes I love growing potatoes, especially Dutch Creams and Nicola’s. It’s the whole planting process through to Bandicooting them when the first potatoes are ready and the final harvest. I also love growing fruit trees and berries. There is something so honest about walking through our small fruit tree orchards or along our Food Hedges […]



If someone offers you free fruit or gives you permission to forage on their land, treat that as a valuable exchange. Do something in return for that exchange. This is how respectful friendships form, especially in rural communities if you are a new comer to a rural area or town. ~ It’s become an old […]


11 May 2023. A moment in the day.

Picking Autumn roses with our Lil. A little vase of flowers for next to the bed. Would you like to join me? I’m hoping to post a photo each day in May. A moment captured during the day, calming, peaceful, that captures my heart. Uplifting, something positive as we move into the colder months in […]


Hothouse Hand Pies.

A recipe: How to make Hothouse Hand Pies. Before you go to the hothouse get your frozen puff pastry out of the freezer put pastry sheets in a single layer and cover with a clean tea towel. In the Hothouse fill a colander with leafy greans, beans, spring onions and herbs as you weed and […]


8 May 2023. A moment in the day.

Picking greens, herbs and spring onions for Hothouse Hand Pies. If you would like the Hothouse Hand Pies recipe please see the next Blog Journal entry. Would you like to join me? I’m hoping to be posting a photo each day on May. A moment captured during the day, calming, peaceful, that captures my heart. […]