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Snowdrops

March 5, 2017 6 comments

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Categories: Gardening, Photography

Nuts

February 27, 2017 15 comments

Not even Doris

February 23, 2017 2 comments

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A lovely blue day after a bit of a blow. It’s the track going north to the lakes, not our way out.

Categories: Gardening, Nature, Photography

If you know, please say nowt

February 2, 2017 26 comments

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A clue: it’s foreign.

Seasonal cheer please, everybody!

December 23, 2016 9 comments

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If only ! I hear you say! To witness the bad-tempered shoppers and manic motorists, one would never guess the intended mood of the winter holidays. Danes are always spacially unaware in crowds; the only space of interest is their own, as of right. And now their rudeness is compounded by a desire to grab the very items other foragers are examining. But soft! Here in the backwoods the deer are still keeping their distance, blissfully ignorant of the seasonal fun the hunters will soon be sharing with them.

So despite everything, friends, my close companion Backside joins me in wishing you and yours whatever respite you seek for yourselves these dark days. I’ve told him there’s so much to be positive about. (No reply.)

 

Mind your brassicas

December 5, 2016 26 comments

They are the Marmite of veggies, the bane of bairns. And I love ’em.

Their growers have their own association (as you do) who are campaigning against boiling the little critters. Steam, stir-fry or microzap, they insist.

But I humbly suggest an easier way to max their flavour. Take a shallow dish, drizzle ’em with extra virgins, cover with foil and bake in the oven with the roast. Say 15 or 20 minutes – to taste. Crisp or not, you decide. And it’s true, sprouts improve with frost and don’t mention Brussels.

For OZ

November 14, 2016 11 comments

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This morning in Vikingland.

Categories: Gardening

Flax

September 10, 2016 16 comments

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Ain’t that pretty?

Categories: Gardening, Nature, Photography

Woodland tale

August 2, 2016 7 comments

Thomas Toad

Thomas Toad spends most days snuggled beneath the bay plant, looking smug
after a puffed-up encounter with his metre-long rival, Black Adder.

The hedge

July 28, 2016 11 comments

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It’s a beech hedge, 70 yards long on our southern boundary. Can’t hold the electric trimmer at shoulder level for a couple of hours so it’s the shears! Do they make a battery job that doesn’t need recharging every half hour?