slamseys barn

A Tourist in My Own Town

This year has been the perfect summer for holidaying at home. We’ve eaten outside nearly every day, enjoyed the sunshine and haven’t had to struggle with airport chaos and heartache…

Harvest 2018

Harvest has almost finished at Slamseys. This year has been fast and furious with long, hot days and dry grain with only a short break when rain stopped play. Once…

Lino print green ink, white summer flowers with books in background

A Different Perspective

This week, the theme for the Creative Challenge at Slamseys Journal has been “A different perspective” so I’ve spent the week trying to look at things differently.   When your…

Art materials for creative challenge

Keeping a Visual Journal for the Summer

  This summer, I’ve  joined in with the Slamseys Creative Challenge. The Challenge is to keep a Visual Journal for the summer; it can be a sketchbook or a blog,…

Wheat in Grove Field July 2018

Summer Rituals

Getting meals on the table at the moment is a bit of a pain as I have little enthusiasm for spending time in the kitchen at this time of year, though I can be persuaded to make a batch of Lemon Squash, which disappears at alarming speed.

Mud spattered boots outside door

Life in Mud Spattered Boots

Hello! You’re still out there. Come in, take a seat. We must catch up. It’s been so long since I was last here*.   Last year, I deserted Life in…

violets growing in grass under tree

Keep What You Love

  Spring has arrived. The violets and primroses are in flower, tiny buds are forming on the hedgerows and the fields are drying out. Best of all, today the sun…


How to Make a Country Style Christmas Wreath

At this time of year, it’s good to take time out from the frantic Christmas rush and clear your head. My favourites are to get out into the fresh air…

rose hips

Hip, Hip, Hoorah

The rosehips in the hedgerows and garden are ready to pick. There are deep red round rosehips on the Rosa Rugosa and large round, orange rosehips on The Generous Gardener…


Was that Summer?

Apart from a few glorious weeks in June, summer 2017 was a bit damp and despite my hopes for an Indian summer, autumn is creeping in at speed. The hedgerows…