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!


  • Three Years on

    Three Years

    Hard to believe that I’ve lived in my little house now for just over three years. Yesterday, on facebook memories, this photo popped up…Garden – May 2014This wa... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cheese and Parma Pastries

    Cheese Parma Pastries

    Last weekend, lovely chap got out of bed, wandered off downstairs, and I lay there looking forward to tea being delivered very shortly.He was gone absolutely... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Filo Cottage Pie with Grilled Polenta

    Filo Cottage with Grilled Polenta

    We had some leftover roast carrots and parsnips, a roll of cheap filo pastry we found in the reduced, and a slab of polenta… what can you do with that little... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rhubarb Vodka

    Rhubarb Vodka

    Flavoured vodka isn’t all that common in the UK, so with the first crop of rhubarb ready in the plot, I decided to make my own. I made some last year, and it’s... Read more

    Posted on 13 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chicken and Leek Pie

    Chicken Leek

    We still had a handful of leftover chicken to use up… we throw NOTHING away food-wise!Today I decided to send it out in style, by transforming it into a... Read more

    Posted on 13 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sesame Chicken and Warm Salad

    Sesame Chicken Warm Salad

    The weather was blooming gorgeous this weekend, so as the garden is looking so good at the moment, we had an impromptu barbeque. Read more

    Posted on 12 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Spinach and Water Chestnut Dip

    This is a really easy dish that goes down a storm at gatherings. The dip is made and served in a hollowed out bloomer loaf. Guests then eat the dip with the... Read more

    Posted on 12 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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