Merry Christmas!

There are two approaches to Christmas: some buy it all from John Lewis and Waitrose but I like it to be a little more homespun. W hen we were little we would decorate the tree on Christmas Eve with decoratio...

Winter Solstice

I get a certain thrill as the Winter Solstice approaches. Not through any pagan sympathy but because after the 22nd December the days start to get longer. (more…)...

Roast Parsnip and Garlic Soup

On a recent holiday in Iceland I read a food blog where the author was lamenting the sun's slow decline towards the Winter Solstice.  He rallied his followers with the clarion call "Let's get through this winte...

Bianca

I thought it was time for a Bianca update.  She was the hen I took to the vet when she was laying soft shelled eggs and feeling rather sorry for herself. S he was also at the bottom of the pecking order and ...

Green Manure

I have never used "green manure" but after reading so much about it in gardening magazines I decided to give it a whirl. G reen manure is not the colourful excrement you might think - but instead is a quickly...

Waterlogged

November has been a wet and windy month and now December is making its ferocious presence felt.  We have got off lightly here in Hampshire compared with the North. T he gales have caused some minor damage but...

Chocolate Beetroot Muffins

I know what you're thinking...  but trust me: chocolate and beetroot are a great combination. T he beetroot have done well this year.  We have grown three varieties: Bettolo, Chioggia and Burpees Golden.  I'v...