Keen gardener and chicken keeper. Read all the books, watch all the shows, ignore all the advice. Results more luck than judgement. Hate waste, love baking and cooking from scratch. Even fridge scrapings look good in a quiche!


  • Chooks and roots

    A tongue in cheek view of the happenings in the garden. I read all the books, watch all the shows, and ignore all the advice. Results have to be instant!


  • Seabass and Leek Bake

    Seabass Leek Bake

    There’s a chap in our town who’s a keen allotment keeper. He grows so much stuff that often he will put a basket outside his house where you can buy vegetables. Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Supermarket Scavenging

    We all love a good bargain, right? Well, currently I’m taking this to another level. I’ve set myself a challenge on how much we can reduce our grocery bill. Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Turf Wars

    Turf Wars

    My lawn has been the topic of much discussion over the past couple of years. When I first moved to Chook Cottage, the garden was nothing but a scrappy bit of... Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Cheat


    Remember a week or so ago… I dusted off the heated propagator from the shed, excitedly whizzed it upstairs, and planted my first crops of the year: Kale and... Read more

    Posted on 07 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Curried Parsnip Soup

    Earlier this week, lovely man came striding home, clutching a rather large bag of parsnips. Waggling them under my nose, he announced, “20p… 20p!”. He... Read more

    Posted on 16 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Kale


    Whoopee! Great news!The kale seeds only went in the propagator on Sunday, and THEY ARE GERMINATING! We absolutely love kale, and get through bags of the stuff…... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Level Lawn

    Level Lawn

    The work has officially begun in the garden. Our chap came and built us a decked area earlier in the year, and I dutifully rescued the plants that were in its... Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pergola


    A couple of weeks ago, I was gazing out of the back window, and uttered the fateful words, “A pergola would look nice out there”. Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Stalker

    Apparently, I have a stalker.I know this, as they sent me an anonymous text telling me as much.This charming individual called me a ‘dumb bitch’ and proceeded t... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Deck the Halls

    Deck Halls

    In the week running up to Christmas, when most were decking the halls with boughs of holly… we were decking.Seating areaWhen I first moved to Chook cottage, my... Read more

    Posted on 23 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Warsaw


    Hello… *crackle*…Testing, Testing… *crackle crackle*Apparently, I have a blog stalker. Yes… little old me has my very own stalker, who trawls around the stuff... Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fairy Tale

    Fairy Tale

    Once upon a time there was a Mummy bear and a Daddy bear. They had two lovely children and their lives were spent skipping around the woods, hand in hand.Well…... Read more

    Posted on 03 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Operation Autumn

    Operation Autumn

    We’ve decided to take on another garden project – and you all know how we love a good project!At the bottom of the garden is a little seating area… perfect for... Read more

    Posted on 24 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Split


    The last leg of our adventure took us to Split – north of Dubrovnik on the coast. Our flight was from Split back to London, and we weren’t sure if we were... Read more

    Posted on 01 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hvar


    After a couple of days on the beautiful island of Mijet, we boarded another ferry and were Hvar bound. Hvar sounded much livelier than Mijet – and also looked... Read more

    Posted on 01 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mjet


    After Dubrovnik, we took the ferry to Mljet. The ferry docked at Polace, but we’d read that Pomena was a slightly busier town. Getting off the ferry, there was ... Read more

    Posted on 01 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Dubrovnik


    Before you say it… I KNOW these next posts aren’t strictly about gardening, but I’m hoping to wing it by pretending they are foodie postsIn June my friend and... Read more

    Posted on 01 August 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Blooming Marvellous

    Blooming Marvellous

    Today, the hottest day of the year (so far) my social media feeds are full of weather-related comments such as “don’t take your dog out” to “I’m baking to... Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • New Toy

    Leafing through the Sunday mags, I happened across an image that fair old made my heart flutter. It was a photo of a group of people having a fine old barbeque... Read more

    Posted on 31 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Decking – the Grand Finale

    Decking Grand Finale

    It seems like an age away that we had the ‘brilliant’ idea of recycling my Lovely Fit Chap’s decking and reusing it at my house… but after weeks of sweat and... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2016 GARDENING, HOME