2011 has seen a tremendous amount of change here at Hillwards. Advertisements
I love these languid days between Christmas and the New Year, when we take the leave that we have saved all year. After the riot and bustle of family festivities, the house settles back with a sigh, and we have time to relax together, catching up on reading and long leisurely walks through the countryside.
Wishing a very merry Christmas to you all. Amid the festive cheer, the ruddy faces before the fire, the scents of pine needles and spices, release all sorrow and seize the love and laughter that fills the air. Enjoy every moment spent with loved ones, and remember those who cannot be there, whether separated by …
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The winter solstice takes us out to the darkest, furthest reaches from the sun before we spin gratefully towards the light once more.
Last weekend we woke to our first hard frost, which seems to have stopped the unfurling cardoon bud in its tracks, although the fully opened flower soon recovered its composure.
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Despite the strong winds that are currently buffeting the house, and sweeping unhindered across the garden, the cardoons are still standing strong. I cannot help but admire their structure and steadfast nature.