Bareroot Planting

The latest thing to have a go at on my list of gardening projects. I like the idea of bareroot season. The plants are so much cheaper and there are a tonne to pick from. I went for Blackthorn for sloes (and sloe gin obviously) and a wild looking rose called Red Leaf. I bought…

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A Little Bit Vegan

It’s all going a little bit vegan! Much like lots of other houses up and down the UK we’ve had an almost imperceptible shift leaning towards eating less meat. Once this starts you can’t help but find yourself seeking out veggie recipes and therefore vegan recipes too with never heard of before vegan ingredients like…

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Halloween Fun

October has arrived and with it sudden cold wind and rain. But despite the miserable weather it is also time for Halloween fun for the kids so wellies and waterproofs were out this weekend. We headed out to the Pumpkin Patch on a farm near Milton Keynes. I’ve never heard of pick your own pumpkins…

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Riding During Pregnancy

It feels really strange to revisit the topic of riding whilst pregnant now that my children are three and six. All those years ago when I first found out I was pregnant it was a burning question for me. I was one of those horsey girls whose sun rose and set at the yard, whose…

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Tinsmiths

Plenty of rural towns have epic shops. They are like well kept secrets, slightly off the beaten track, but once you have found a gem you always go back and even better if they have an online store so you can stay in touch and order online if you spot something you love. One of…

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Go Eventing

If you are looking for a day out with family, friends or both then eventing has a lot to offer.  I’ve often heard it coined as the ultimate equestrian test and can’t disagree.  Horses and riders compete at dressage, cross country jumping and show jumping much like a horsey triathlon.  These are three very different…

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Riverford

I’ve been ordering veg from Riverford for so many years I can’t remember. It must be more than 10. Firstly I love the amazing fruit and veg, but secondly I love the way the company never stops innovating and creating new products, new apps, new recipes, new videos. I confess I’m a horrible mix of…

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Bedroom for a Boy

When we first moved to our rambling old farmhouse, there was one bedroom that hadnโ€™t been inhabited for decades.  The plaster was crumbling off the walls and the ceiling was sagging, but itโ€™s proportions were stunning with beautiful wooden floorboards, a fireplace and shuttered window looking out onto the garden. It was known as the…

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Barn Doors

The kids are always wanting to paint and although I’m pretty relaxed most of the time, the paint wielding bravado of a three year old, does leave me nervous and sweaty inside the house. After I found a little pink and orange hand print on my linen curtains I banished paint to the barn outside.…

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