As the days reach towards the shortest, darkest nadir of winter, we are busier than ever.
Despite low temperatures and frosty mornings, we are continuing to harvest some winter greens from the garden.
With the arrival of a new cat (Faith), and inspired by a pattern I came upon online, I turned my hand to my first proper attempt at crochet, to make a ‘nest’ for her.
After deluges of rain on Saturday morning, when water running off the fields turned our country lanes into rivers, and the weight of one of our soggy hanging baskets proved too much for the screws holding the newly fixed bracket up, it’s been a welcome return to sunshine for the past few days, with only …
The wind has been wild. Petals are strewn around the garden, while plants have taken on rakish angles.
Our weekend began indoors, as I worked to put the finishing touches to some handmade gifts for a friend’s baby shower on Saturday afternoon, and baked a batch of very indulgent frosted chocolate cupcakes to accompany them (black-bottomed cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery recipe collection, no less).
This weekend we were working mostly inside the house. I wasn’t in the garden much, besides half an hour or so chopping kindling for the fire in the icy rain, which nevertheless melted away the last of our snow. Obviously I have made a mistake in allowing my phenomenal axe-handling skills to be witnessed by …