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Oct 25th, 2014

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Home Produce Group

R and I went to the village hall today to participate in a new group which is starting up to collaborate on growing vegetables and fruit around the village. The idea is to share tips about what works locally and what doesn’t, and also potentially to share labour and the fruits of that labour. Unfortunately […]

Aug 10th, 2014

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An embarrassment of riches…

The cherries, raspberries and strawberries are all over now which is a shame because they were a very welcome addition to breakfast every day… However the plums are now ripe and there is an embarrassingly large number of them considering they come from one small tree. I’ve had a bit of a battle picking them […]

Jul 25th, 2014

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Some Friends

The picture is of ‘the ladies’ I had the fun of feeding last week…. I have to keep telling myself that chickens are not compatible with the other wildlife or I would have 12 of my own before you could say ‘Eggs Benedict’….

Jul 14th, 2014

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Life’s just a bowl of Cherries

Well cherries and other mixed produce. I’m picking a bowl of mixed edibles most days now. Today I got strawberries (the last of these now I think), raspberries, beans, potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes and quite a lot of cherries. For some reason the birds seem to have given up on them now and we are getting […]

Jun 10th, 2014

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Turnip for the books

When I was a child, my Grandfather (we called him ‘Pop’ because he hated the name ‘Granddad’) had an allotment style garden on their house in Dumbarton. I remember he grew two things I particularly liked – one of them was peapods (well obviously), and the other one was ‘snowball’ turnips. To my recollection, neither […]

Jun 5th, 2014

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From garden to lunch

In half an hour…. The featured image is of some of the first of the garden produce (spring onions, potatoes, herbs, peas), and the second picture is it turned into a variation on a very tasty River Cottage ‘Veg’ recipe – stuffed baked squash. I do have a squash plant (well three actually!) in the […]

Jun 2nd, 2014

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How does your garden grow?

Well not badly actually…. On the positive side… Every morning for the last week I have had enough strawberries for a bowl with yoghurt for breakfast. The peas are doing quite well and I tried the first pod today – a bit small but very sweet and lovely. The first tomatoes are set (only on […]

Apr 4th, 2014

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First Fruits of the Garden

Things are definitely getting going now and the polytunnel is pretty crowded with seedlings.   Yesterday I took my life in my hands and moved my first early potatoes which were growing in containers outside in order to free up a bit of space. I now need to get the deer fencing up as a […]

Feb 27th, 2014

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Progress in the Garden

Today has been another real ‘Goil’ day – this is what R and I call days where the weather changes rapidly.  This morning the sun was shining and we went for a walk up to the waterfalls.  By the time we got there it was hailing and over lunch there was a real downpour.  But […]

Feb 26th, 2014

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I am not a big social media user – but whenever I complain about things like (for example) having problems syncing photos between all three of my tablets – R always calls it a #firstworldproblem.  So I have a new category of this which I will call #ruralscotlandproblem.  Rural Scotland doesn’t really sum it up – […]