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…pickling, preserving, painting and a whole lot of fun with sheep…

…Autumn has quickly taken hold… …and I have been busy picking blackcurrants for fruit cheese, foraging mountains of blackberries for jam, breaking my back with pounds of damsons for gin, and hoarding buckets of apples to mulch and crush for our latest … Continue reading

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…a year in the country and a magnificent rainbow to celebrate….

….I can’t quite believe that it is has been a whole year since we packed our bags and travelled 3 and a half hours west from London Town to Ludlow.  The day we arrived at Hillpike last August was truly … Continue reading

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…St Clement’s curd, wild swimming and a thief in the garden…

…the glorious sun has been beating down on our little patch and we can’t quite believe our luck. Day after day of blazing sunshine and long summer afternoons have lazily stretched into deliciously warm evenings.  Despite not feeling like being … Continue reading

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…provencing, gardening and a bit of a water crisis really…

…having spent a week prancing through Provence, I have returned full of high spirits and a ridiculous enthusiam for all things Provencal  – goats cheese, wine, beautiful roses, astonishingly good bread, pale blue shutters, fields of lavender, beautifully aged antiques and billowing … Continue reading

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…the constant gardeners…

…we have spent the last few blazingly warm days turning our little unloved and desperately tangled garden into a little paradise.  Slightly burnt and ever so tired we have cleared and pruned, raked and sewn, with our efforts culminating in … Continue reading

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…chips in the parlour, cider in the castle, and piglets on the farm…

…last Saturday dawned bright and clear, and full of springtime optimism we headed to Ludlow Castle with several excited children in tow.  It was marvellous, however the sun soon disappeared from the stony ramparts and a fine drizzle dampened our enthusiasm … Continue reading

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…chickery chick, cha laa cha laa…

…our feathery friends have finally arrived, and they have been pecking around their Hillpike residence – resplendent with bunting – for two weeks.  Despite my fears that the dogs may eat them, or that they might be terribly hard work, … Continue reading

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…Spring…lambs…and a spring lamb supper….

…the last few days have been typically spring-like, with the strong sunshine making my skin feel burnt,  to snowfall the following morning.  Our Spring Equinox is fast approaching and the first lambs can been seen dancing and prancing in the … Continue reading

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…coffee, coffee, coffee…

..When I first moved to the sticks I was mildly concerned that I would not be able to find a delicious cup of coffee.  I only have one coffee a day which follows my first cup of tea of the … Continue reading

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…wild guinea fowl, fowlish hard work, magic mushrooms, and not much else…

…a balmy spring walk with my boy, my brother and his girl, led us not only to a carpet of snowdrops interspersed with rather magical and terrifying fungi… …but also to a rasp of wild guinea fowl.  At first I … Continue reading

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