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Fairy Wren Cottage blog is a journal of sorts about seasonal living & stopping to see the beauty in our day.
Your time is precious, it's the greatest gift we can give ourselves & it's humbling that you would  take time out of your day to visit.

hello & welcome!

Jude 

Farmer.

I am not quite sure how it all began it is just basically who I am. And when my family shifted to the city I felt like a fish out of water, my nickname at my new high school was Farmer, because, well, basically that was who they thought I was. A farmer. That is […]

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The Back Orchard

We’ve just come in from spending the afternoon outside. What started out as checking on the hens in the Back Orchard when they were sounding their loud clucking alarm call ended in us coming in at 6pm. The days surely are becoming lighter for longer. Such a good way to clear our thoughts, we have […]

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Zucchini Love

Not all zucchini’s are created equal when it comes to cooking  & eating  them. The dark green generic zucchini varieties (the seedlings often found in large chain garden centres) can taste awful and turn the best of us off this gorgeous vegetable! Full of water, those dark green smooth zucchini varieties can lose their shape […]

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Nest. A new free ebook.

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback about my new free ebook Nest. Looking for the Light during the colder months. If you haven’t had the opportunity to download the ebook yet it’s there for when you are ready. If you are undecided and wondering what it is about well  the title is pretty […]

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Garden Planning

With the wood fire warming the house, the labrador asleep on the hearth and Ebb the Spoodle snuggled up next to me,  I look outside at the tall silver birch trees, their draping shapes further exposed with the leaves already fallen and I watch some little Silver Eyes skip between the branches. The fog is […]

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A gentle reminder its Wasp Season!

When you go to pick fruit check both sides of the fruit for wasps before picking. Mid February  to mid March is wasp season here at Fairy Wren Cottage. When is it at your place ? Mark it on the calendar as a reminder for next year. It is easy to forget since these things […]

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Establishing our Garden: Fruit Trees.

The contract to buy Fairy Wren Cottage was signed in Spring but I had to wait until Winter to purchase bare rooted fruit trees. *Check with your local nursery when they expect their  bare fruit tree order to arrive so you can be one of the first to see it and have a good selection […]

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Establishing our Garden:The Beginning.

The garden at Fairy Wren Cottage when we shifted in was unusual to say the least. The bird bath had bird netting over it so the birds couldn’t access it, the previous owner thought the birds splashed too much water. There were some small rectangle shaped garden beds made from a concrete border, laid with […]

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Our Hen House Yard.

  Do you watch BBC Gardener’s World? There was a segment in an episode late 2017 about scientific studies proving that growing plants close to buildings helps insulate a building, there is the micro climate they create plus so many other benefits. I think we may have all realised that to some extent but a […]

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10 things to make gardening easier.

Illness, injury, life changing circumstances, ageing. It can be difficult to still do things after something in your life changes can’t it ?! For me at times since my accident it has been heartbreaking and especially in those early days I became very depressed trying to hold on to being able to do everything like […]

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