March : The end of winter and new realities

This is not the diary post I expected to write. March, for gardeners is the month when the winter wrappers start to come off. It’s like letting light into a Victorian lumber room, pulling back the moth eaten drapes and watching the dust clouds spiral. You cough quite a bit and then scratch your head… Continue reading March : The end of winter and new realities

Finding hope in quiet things

It’s an increasingly unsettling time for everyone. It doesn’t feel that long since we were all planning our year ahead. Then, slowly, the severity of the new coronavirus outbreak has crept up on us until it became impossible to ignore. I was vaguely aware of something happening in China but didn’t pay too much attention.… Continue reading Finding hope in quiet things

February : The rain it raineth through one winter month too many

February always feels like one winter month too many. After an endless January it’s the month I always feel I could do without. It’s like a holding pen for spring. You know that the season is soon to change and that you’ve made it through the worse of winter but it’s not quite time to… Continue reading February : The rain it raineth through one winter month too many

Diary January 2020 : Partings, meteorology and progress

I’ve been a bit dreckly with my January diary blog post, so much so that February is already underway. It was a peculiar month. It was always likely to be the case. The sad news about my mum that came in December dominated Christmas and New Year. It was her funeral at the beginning of… Continue reading Diary January 2020 : Partings, meteorology and progress

The year turns

It’s been dry in the valley for the past few days. There’s even been some fleeting glimpses of blue sky. The temperature has felt odd to me, far too warm to be truly winter. The birds have been quite vocal and the slithers of extra light that we’re beginning to get at the end of… Continue reading The year turns

Little milestones, shortening days, autumn inching on

November is nearly over and as meteorological winter shuffles into view you can feel the season getting ready to change. It was still quite warm when I began the tenancy of the land at the end of September, the temperature has dropped over the past few weeks and the heavens have opened. The trees are… Continue reading Little milestones, shortening days, autumn inching on

October 2019

It’s been a really interesting and satisfying 4 weeks since I took up the tenancy of the land. The acre is still full of weeds, it’s still a knot of long grass, thistles and docks in large parts. The ground is often heavy with rain and difficult to work. The mud cakes thick on your… Continue reading October 2019