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How Does Your Garden Grow?

My garden has been neglected for a few months – I am not a great winter gardener! But now, with warmer, longer days I am getting out there and thinking how to get the best out of my veg patch! Continue reading

Proud to be a Monkey’s Mummy

We spent a good few hours in the woods this morning with a bunch of friends.  The kids made dens, ran around getting muddy, swung on a rope swing, had adventures and generally behaved as kids should do in a woodland.  Mums either standing close to the fire watching over little ones cooking marshmallows or … Continue reading

If you go down to the woods today…

You’d better go armed with a stick! No, no bears in our woods, just a few antisocial dog walkers. To go back a bit…. We are incredibly privileged to live right next to a lovely little woodland that is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.  In the last few months we have walked through the woods … Continue reading

Now a Surrey Mummy

Sorry not to have been around for quite a while – life has been somewhat interesting in the last 6 weeks. We left the beautiful North-East and moved to (supposedly) sunnier & warmer Surrey….. Thankfully spring is at last arriving (I hope!). Unpacking was our first challenge and getting to grips with our rented house! … Continue reading

Favourite NE Outdoor Haunts: Plessey Woods

Plessey Woods is a mixture of semi-natural ancient woodland and meadows alongside the River Blyth on the outskirts of Bedlington (yes that is where the Bedlington Terrier comes from).  It has a car park, cafe (open weekends and school holidays) and a small play area.  You can get there by bus from Newcastle too. This is … Continue reading

Favourite NE Outdoor Haunts #1 Bolam Lakes

As we are soon to be leaving the North East for pastures new, I thought I would share with you some of our favourite places. First up is Bolam Lakes Country Park.  A lovely, tranquil woodland and lake close to Belsay in Northumberland.  It is about 20 minutes out of Newcastle (driving) or an hour … Continue reading

Fat for Birds

Winter is descending from the north this weekend, so I have been making some home-made fat-balls for our garden birds. I use fat from the grill – a mix of meat fat collected over a few weeks in an old hummous pot.  It is best not to use any burnt fat as this is not … Continue reading

Northumberlandia – the North East’s newest landscape art form.

We have watched her grow, evolve and develop over the last couple of years, first lumps of soil then a form starting to take shape.  A gradual greening, paths appearing, stone walls erected.  But as you passed her on the roads to the east of Cramlington, her true form was still not visible. Local viewpoints … Continue reading

Leaf Play

Monkey and I have had great fun this autumn playing with leaves – here are a few of the things we have done:- We also have great fun playing and scuffling through leaves, but I enjoy that far too much to bother with taking photos! What are your favourite Autumn Leaf activities?

Garden Visitors

The other day I was trying to sort out laundry in our bedroom with a scrunchy Chimp lying on the bed – needless to say, I was not overly successful!  So to stop the whingeing I picked him up and took him over to the window to have a look out at the garden – … Continue reading