Our peaches are ripening! The bumblebees, and a little hand pollinating by feather, have done the trick. An exciting time in the rickety greenhouse on our organic acre in Berwickshire, UK. These are the treats of country living that are hard to beat, a blessing so much appreciated, especially when one pays such a high … Continue reading Treats And Truths Of Country Living
Collecting Leaves ~ A Poem With Little Punctuation
Collecting Leaves Golden sunshine captures me as I look into the leaves ... Smells and sights and sounds I feel As into the depths of golden hues ...
There is something very satisfying, even decadent, about being able to settle down to a solo lunch of home grown artichoke. What a luxury! Somehow, with this being the last artichoke of the season in our garden, there was a special tang of just (yet mingled with guilt for not sharing) reward about the perfect … Continue reading Autumn’s Artichoke
Blackberry Herbal Tea
The blackberries are just beginning to ripen in our organic garden and, plucked off the 'vine' to snack on, make truly delicious little powerhouses of goodness, superfoods par excellence. As today is the first day of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, it seemed like a fitting time to post something about blackberries, so here is my little recipe for … Continue reading Blackberry Herbal Tea
At our current home we have a little courtyard area, where I have collected a number of plants in pots, in order to experiment and easily study them, while I learn about plant habits in the British climate. Gardening here and learning to live here is a challenge unlike any I have known, and having my most … Continue reading Harvesting Blackcurrants
Organic Is Not A Religion
The Truth Is Not Always Beautiful
Living in the British countryside, this is the time of year (Spring in the northern hemisphere) when I find myself becoming increasingly agitated, on alert, frustrated and not a little fearful. I am twitchy at the thought of what is about to happen with a vengeance, and what has already begun in some fields … Continue reading The Truth Is Not Always Beautiful
Did you know that Towards Greener Borders HQ is a ‘real’ place?
The following is a new post that has been published on Towards Greener Borders' page today at http://www.facebook.com/towardsgreenerborders. It gives a little background about my philosophy when dealing with our health, environments and wellbeing, and shows what we are doing on our tiny property in the Berwickshire hills and how tenderly it is being managed, while we … Continue reading Did you know that Towards Greener Borders HQ is a ‘real’ place?
A Rose without a Name
As I sorted through some photographs of my organic country garden today, I was spellbound by the pictures of flowers and greenery, looking forward to the Summer time, when all will be in bloom once more. Amongst my photographs of a July past, I came across this picture of a beautiful rose, which was growing … Continue reading A Rose without a Name
Carrots at the tail end of Winter
A healthy, juicy, over-Wintered organic carrot. There is something rather wonderful about going outside to attend to something, rugged up warmly against the cold, taking a detour into a protected area of the garden to see how it has fared in the icy cold weather, and discovering signs of life in a large pot of … Continue reading Carrots at the tail end of Winter