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  • Welcome To My English Country Cottage

    In May 2020 our little thatched cottage was featured in Period Living Magazine. It was the culmination of 7 years of creating a family home with my “effortless rural style” – I have taken this as a positive comment on my interior design style rather than a reference to the lack of housekeeping, muddy wellies and occasional strange smell and have created a website to write about interiors, gardening, recipes…

  • September In My Garden

    September is one of those months where we start to see dramatic changes as the seasons switch from Summer to Autumn. To help avoid you having to spend huge amounts of time out in the garden throughout the colder months, it’s a good idea to use this month to get on top of things. Here are some of the jobs I’m going to be doing which will help you do…

  • The perfect cutting flowers

    A little snapshot of my cut flower garden in September My first year growing cut flowers has definitely been a steep learning curve but overall I’m really pleased with the result.  For those of you who have been following me, you’ll know that I’ve already started my outdoor Autumn planning, and this also applies to my cut flower garden.  I’ve already got an extensive shopping list which includes revamping a shaded border as well as my large list for cut flowers. I’m also going to try some new bulbs, but to save the bank balance I’ve…

  • Weatherproofing your garden

    If you’re anything like me, then you’re most probably very good at starting a ‘weather-related’ conversation.  I often wonder why it’s one of our go-to conversation topics, and personally I think it is to do with the fact that our weather is constantly changing. August, for example, has seen soaring temperatures, high winds and heavy downpours with the arrival of storm Francis. Reflecting on the impact of inclement weather, it’s…

  • Modern Day etiquette in an elderly 400 year old cottage

    Ok, this seems like a massive squeeze – well it is! I am spending the day in a socially distanced way with friends so I wasn’t going to post today but then this amazing company got in contact and asked me to become an affiliate. I am very careful about affilliations so I was slow to respond whilst I did my research. Whilst I was looking into them, numerous celebrities…

  • Starting to prepare for Autumn

    This last week has been very much about tidying up following the recent rain we’ve had. One of the first thing I do after a period of rain is weed. It’s so much easier and quicker to remove weeds from the wet soil – it almost makes it a pleasant job! I’ve also started to do a light prune on my ivy and topiary hedging so they look tidy for the winter. I gave them both a hard…