Hanami

I live fairly close to Brogdale where they keep the national fruit collection. This year they had a Hanami festival to celebrate the blossom. It’s an ancient tradition from Japan, dating back over 1000 years. What a nice thing to do – just wandering through the blossom in sunshine and admiration…. Well, the sun did shine fleetingly…

Seeds

The heavens opened so I retreated to the kitchen floor to plant some more seeds (obviously not into the floor lol). It’s finally warming up so time to get going. I’m trialling these plug things – “growing pockets”. I’ve not used them before. The earth in them is quite course, and it’s hard to get the…

Welsh Wales

Welsh Wales for work, well actually west Wales. Within Wales, some areas speak Welsh and some areas speak English (although Welsh is taught in school). In the west you can here Welsh spoken all around. It’s a strange impenetrable language for the uninitiated. A different culture and different attitude. In the west the clouds are…

Iron Age Village

So this is Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, stumbled across on the way between Haverfordwest and Cardigan. Did I tell you how much I love pre-history? Having set off at 5.45am that morning, it was good to have a break in the most unusual setting. The village was on a raised bit of land, set in a…

It’s structural

Working hard over the last few weeks, with my mum and on my own, the garden is progressing. A helpful blog (foolishly I didn’t save the link) pointed out how to deal with a mature unloved garden – strip it back. Dig out anything that isn’t in the right place – save it if you…

Old bike

Contining my dilapidated theme, an old bike at the Hawkhurst Walled Nursery. I love the patterns of the old springs.  

In the glasshouses

Oh so beautiful – these glasshouses are over 100 years old. You’ve got to love the Victorians. Scale no object! There’s a peach house, a vine house, a melon house, a carnation house, 18 in all….. Imagine – a greenhouse just to grow carnations. They must have needed a lot of carnations in the nearby…

April 1st Paddle

Late this year – our first paddle of the season. Spring is late too. Buds are just forming, a few leaves starting to take shape by the river. Finally feeling like the winter might not last forever. Finished work just after 5.30pm, on the river at 6.05pm including travel time  ;). Deep breathe….  Already feeling better.