“I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living.”

Ursula Andress (1936 – ). Swiss-born film and television actress.


Hemingway is a ten year-old rescue tabby who knows which side his bread is buttered.

He has a passing interest in horticulture – particularly the catmint in the herb garden.


hem4aHe takes soil conditioning very seriously in the vegetable garden raised beds.


And also knows that sometimes it’s important just to stop and enjoy the garden.



But that doesn’t mean he’s a lazy cat – he’s out in all weathers!

Hemingway shares the garden with our four hens. He ignores them and they ignore him so it’s all very harmonious.


chook1MLH built the chicken pen but we bought the coop, deciding that one on stilts would be easier to keep clean and make it slightly more secure against predators. chook2

That’s a curious female pheasant on the right checking it out!

This summer we bought some more netting and extended their day-run to include the shade of some hawthorns and a small oak tree. I suspend plants from the oak tree as treats for them to peck at.


They love all brassicas and were quite intrigued by this cascade of nasturtiums.


We are rewarded with four eggs most days. And I know you’ve probably heard this before but they taste so much better than shop bought!