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7 May 2023. A moment in the day.

A moment in the day. The view from the washing line. My Dutch barn door made by my Dutch husband, painted in Duck Egg Blue. Door made using reclaimed building materials and glazing. Of course there is a story to it. We had sold some second hand glazed French Doors on Gumtree, pointing out the […]


6 May 2023. A moment in the day.

I love it how Lil potters about the cottage, she takes such pride in helping make Fairy Wren Cottage a cosy home . After my morning sit outside in the sunshine, I came in to find Lil had replaced last weeks kitchen table flowers with a fresh linen table runner and a cyclamen she had […]


5 May 2023. A moment in the day.

The wood heater. Watching the fire, it’s my meditation for the colder months. I really do feel myself slow down and relax. Warmth and comfort. I’m hoping to be posting a photo each day in May. A moment captured during the day, calming, peaceful, that captureds my heart. A moment in the day, uplifting, something […]


One hour notice for no water.

This week was interesting! On Tuesday at 5pm we got a phone call from our wonderful plumber that he could arrive at 6pm and turn the water off to repair a leaking pipe that Michael had discovered that afternoon.  Our water supply would be turned off from 6:15pm until 6:15am to allow the pipe to […]


1st May 2023. A moment in the day.

1st May: Returning to my desk and watching the silver birch leaf shadows on the wall. Would you like to join me? I’m hoping to be posting a photo each day in May. A moment during the day, calming, peaceful, that captures my heart. If you’d like to join in at any time for however […]


The Easter break.

 Hello, Welcome back to Fairy Wren Cottage. We had a very quiet few days over the Easter break. Closing the garden gates, we didn’t go out and worked away on some planned projects. There was painting, making kitchen cupboards, tending the garden, hens, ducks and guinea pigs in between rain showers, pottering about inside. I […]


This week I’ve been thinking about.

What trees I would like to plant to fill in any gaps. It was a needs must situation where we took out an apple tree a couple of weeks ago and I would like to replace it with a Jan/Feb fruiting apple tree. The Interview Series I created last year. I reached out to a […]


How to make Felt Brooches

A little craft for the soul. A portable project to do in your lunch hour, or while waiting in the car. Reduce Reuse Recycling. A rainy day project to help encourage & practice sewing skills. A sweet gift, easy to send in the post. These felt brooches cheer up any outfit especially during the colder […]


The definition of Homesteading.

Late November 2022. It’s Monday and a week of possibilities lies ahead. The weekend was full of little jobs that I hadn’t exactly planned, it was a case of focus on what I can do. On Sunday Michael and I got some big gardening jobs accomplished,  shifting plants around and making better use of garden […]