Having just climbed out of the pond after my second swim of the Easter weekend – a little bracing, but most satisfying – it struck me that only a fortnight ago I wouldn’t have even contemplated a dip. Having sailed though March with barely a tremor weather-wise, dear old Mother Mature came and bit us on the bum on the 4th April. In common with the higher parts of Wales, we copped… Read More
No, that’s not a spelling mistake in the title. We’re talking here about beech trees in the dingle, not lovely sandy stretches in the Bahamas. The big snow of just before Christmas, knocked quite a few branches off trees, particularly some of the conifers in the garden, but nothing too catastrophic. It was only when I went up to clear the pond pipe and check the hydro intake, that I saw it…. Read More
After the tremendous storm in November last year which washed away the central part of ‘Daffydd’s Wall’, we have finally got around to having it rebuilt, by Bruce Rogers. But that’s not what this is really about. With the new wall came the opportunity to re-align the fence above it, by the maple and walnut trees. On the weekend, I pulled out the old fence which was erected by Sue’s Dad about… Read More
Yes, it’s Keat’s time of year again, with the autumn fruit lighting up the misty mornings. Depending on who you talk to this summer has been: hot / dry / cold / damp / lovely /grotty – so it’s nice to see some real rewards despite the weather. The early fruit did quite well, with strawberries overcoming a cold damp spell, which seemed to really suit the raspberries. Possibly the best crop… Read More
Driven indoors by a sudden and dramatic thunderstorm, I am now making jam – a satisfying September-during-a-thunderstorm kind of activity. I should mention that jam-making is taking place on a wood-fuelled cooker so no worries about power cuts affecting the process. Plum jam this time. This follows successful batches of blackcurrant and blackcurrant-and-worcesterberry when those crops were harvested several weeks ago. I never make strawberry jam: it seems a crime not to… Read More
After all the hard work of the winter and spring our first Open Garden weekend is rapidly approaching. On Saturday morning at 11am we throw open the gates and hold back the crowds . Here’s a small sample of what you can see on 14th and 15th May – yes this weekend!! ….and finally what will this be on Saturday?