early autumn

Autumn is here. Hurrah. There may be various ways of working out the start of autumn, whether you use the Met Office or astronomical dates or veer towards phenology, guided by the changes in the natural world such as the colouring of leaves and ripening of acorns, but sometimes it’s more personal. Here’s five waysContinue reading “early autumn”

Simple pleasures for July

Eating vegetables from the garden every day. We’re in that blissful period when there’s enough vegetables for meals but before the summer gluts of courgettes, tomatoes and runner beans. The asparagus and broad beans have finished but we’re eating sweet carrots and thinnings of beetroot and we scrabble in the dirt to lift the newContinue reading “Simple pleasures for July”

rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Do extras in films really mutter rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb when they’re pretending to have a conversation? Whether they do or not, meals here are a bit rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb. I like to have a clump of rhubarb in the garden that, with little effort on my part, reliably pops up every year. First the tiniestContinue reading “rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb”

Five for Friday – the spring edition

Five photos from the farm this week. Around the fields, the first froth of white blossom is filling the hedges. In the garden the cherry plum tree just beats the blackthorn, but on the farm the blackthorn bushes are always the first to flower followed by the hawthorn. Blackthorn blossom forming We have lots ofContinue reading “Five for Friday – the spring edition”