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Finding a Creative Buzz

One of the difficulties with creative activities is coming up with great ideas and completing the project. Recently, I’ve found a new creative buzz for generating ideas.

Elderflowers and rose petals in water

Gorgeous Elderflower Fizz

Elderflower Fizz is a particularly English summer drink: floral, delicate and immensely quaffable. Elderflowers are so widespread and this recipe is so easy, that it seems a shame not to make your own.

Public Bridleway sign

What To Pack In Your Rucksack For A Day Walk

10 essential things to pack in your rucksack for a recreational day walk in UK countryside
1 Contact Details
2 Mobile Phone
3 Map
4 Food & Water
5 First Aid Kit
6 Waterproof Clothing
7 Torch & Whistle
8 Spare Laces
9 Scarf
10 Light Shoes

Looking across fields from Jurassic Way long distance walk

A Good Walk | Jurassic Way

With May fast approaching (one of the best times of year for walking) we consulted the maps, packed our rucksacks and jumped on a train.

Looking across Great Forest field

O to be in England

O to be in England Now that April’s there,   Robert Browning I’ve been sorting through a pile of books and came across two poetry books, each with a poem…

linen stitch knitting

Diary of a Frugal Knitter (continued)

October 2018 Decided to knit blanket with spare and unravelled wool. Recorded progress here and was asked “How wide is 600 stitches?” Hurriedly took out tape measure and rather upset…

dandelions and daisies in springtime

Spring Enthusiasm

Before the April showers begin (as they surely will), I’ve been making the most of the sunny spring weather with long walks and gardening. I’ve also been enthused by the…

spring flowers and leaves

Spring Rituals

Spring has arrived. If you need dates to fix the seasons, then spring either started on Wednesday (the spring equinox) or on 1st March if you use the meteorological definition.…

Flinders Island view from Castle Rock Walk

Walking Further Afield

Last month, we went walking a little further afield than normal and I fell just a little in love with Flinders Island where the sea is crystal clear, the powdered…

frost on gate

A Seasonal Shift

I find January a slightly unsettling month. After the post-Christmas clear up of the Christmas Barns and the paperwork that has inevitably built up, there’s a distinct lack of enthusiasm…