Category Archives: England

Too Hot / Squashed

Ok it’s too hot. Too hot for posting blog posts. Too hot for gardening. Too hot to care about football (sorry did I say that out loud – what can I say – I support Scotland!). Too hot to sleep.

Anyway, I’ve been foolishly trying to build raised beds – although unfortunately the large one has turned up hopelessly warped, and the others’ quality is questionable….

I’ve built the first one with the aid of a mallet, I’ve squashed my squash plants into it for now. My garlic is drying out, my peas and beans are now almost over, although I might have to try for a second flush of peas….

I suspect if the heat continues my posts will also be a bit sporadic. Normal service will resume when the usual English weather returns. 😉

Allotment plus pretty pics of Sissinghurst…

So I’ve been super busy so this is a bit of catch up post. A few pics from the garden (wisteria / lily), and greenhouse / allotment progress. I have neglected the allotment (a lot) but it turns out it doesn’t really need me – all the plants I put in (peas / sweetcorn / dahlia/ beans / cabbages) seem to be surviving just fine, even though it has been quite dry.

Some more pics of the allotment – and Sissinghurst Gardens – pretty obvious which is which – lol! Hope to have some film pics of the trip too…

Flowers and Godolphin

I love roadside flowers, and Cornwall was looking very pretty with it’s part stone / part earth walls. We caught it just right – red campion, bluebells, vetch, gorse, lots of thrift (one of my favourites), cow parsley and several things I couldn’t identify. This batch also includes a few pics from Godolphin, a National Trust place which still needs a bit of work, but provided a nice stroll.



Paddling against the wind

A little paddle from Fowey. We hired a double kayak in town with a plan to get to Lostwithial. The wind, straight on our nose, had other ideas. We pootled round the harbour first and then headed upriver on the incoming tide. There was plenty of flow, but the wind held us back, and was quite exhausting. We nipped into a little creek for a rest and then continued on to Golant for a coffee. The pub was closed so we thought we would have a rest, which became a bit too comfy (!) so we called it quits there. It was a lovely afternoon, and the salt marshes higher upstream will have to wait for another day.


Gunwalloe and Rinsey

Some pics from two beaches in Cornwall – the first Gunwalloe. It wasn’t a sunny day but it was atmospheric with it’s moody blues, with a touch of pink on the horizon. Andy associates this as Gunwalloe-in-the-rain due to a trip in the 1970s when it poured with rain and his family sat in their Morris Minor. There was a lot of slate on the beach worn smooth.

The other beach is Rinsey Cove, somewhat changed it seems, due to the Valentine’s Day storm in 2014. The storm stripped the beach of a lot of sand, so it was much rockier than Andy remembered. The tide came in fast too, but it was such a gorgeous sunny day. The sea was freezing though, too cold for paddling (although I tried ;)). I guess it’s still early in the season. It’s a steep walk down in places but beautiful and made us feel like we were on a proper adventure.