• Quick Mid-week Allotment Attack

    Quick Mid-week Allotment Attack

    Andrew usually gets home from work after dark and at the weekends, as you know, we are hiking and then recovering and doing house stuff. Read more

    Posted on 23 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Queen of the Glens

    Queen Glens

    The weather gods offered us a nice hiatus from the recent dreariness on Saturday and we grabbed it with both hands (and paws, Toby was there too). Read more

    Posted on 20 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Ulster Weavers and the Eden Project

    Ulster Weavers Eden Project

    Ulster Weavers has been a well known quality brand name here in N. Ireland for over 100 years. Still a family run business, they create beautiful linen and... Read more

    Posted on 15 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Slieve Guillion Forest Park (first Visit)

    Slieve Guillion Forest Park (first Visit)

    As I sit here typing these very words I can feel Toby glaring at me from his bed; he's just had a bath. We went for a wee hike on Sunday and, well, he does... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Snowdrops Have Superpowers

    Snowdrops Have Superpowers

    I went outside yesterday {sort of} by my own volition and did some clearing up, brushing the deck and clearing away fallen branches and millions of leaves. All... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Soil and Clouds

    Soil Clouds

    From the dark cold earth to the misty white clouds, the last weekend in January saw the first of our visits to the Allotment and the first hike of the year. Wha... Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beach Treasure and Hallucinations

    Beach Treasure Hallucinations

    It wasn't a 'good' mental health day but Andrew managed to get myself and Toby out the door for a mini adventure on Saturday and in the end I was glad :) We wen... Read more

    Posted on 25 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hope, Love and Computer Gardening

    Hope, Love Computer Gardening

    Hello sweet reader; how are you? I fear don't ask enough or maybe ever and that has got to change. My wish is that you are all hopped up warm, maybe with a hot... Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • A New Dawn....


    I had hopes. They weren't high, they maybe weren't based in reality, but still I had hopes. I have survived another Christmas and here we are in a new year, a... Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • 101 Miles of the Ulster Way

    Miles Ulster

    Ott Car Park - RostrevorWe slept in which wasn't the best start, especially as Andrew had taken the day off work to do this. But such is life and we know our... Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hiking the Ulster Way

    Hiking Ulster

    PrologueWe set ourselves a challenge this year of 2017 to walk the Ulster Way; at least all the quality sections (which are those not on main roads). Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Like Tears in the Rain

    Like Tears Rain

    Today marks the anniversary of Toby's adoption - he's been with us a whole year!I think it's also very apt that it's world mental awareness day for without... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Violins of Autumn

    Violins Autumn

    I need to talk, the words have been bubbling up in my throat straight from my heart for the last week or so. I need to speak out in order to take power away fro... Read more

    Posted on 08 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Toby Turns One!

    Toby Turns One!

    It was my canine baby's first birthday yesterday - he is 1 and I can hardly believe it. He has come so far from that tiny black puppy that only owned a box on... Read more

    Posted on 15 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Echlinville Apple Harvest

    Echlinville Apple Harvest

    Today's post is brought to you with the assistance of a damned good nights sleep, coffee and the sweet, sweet joy of having just finished cutting Toby's hair. Read more

    Posted on 10 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    Sunday afternoon saw us return bravely to 24a even though there were more thundery showers foretold by the weatherman. I will admit that I guffawed at the... Read more

    Posted on 04 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • July Recap (1 of 2)

    July Recap

    It's official, July in Northern Ireland sucked, it was the worst since 1993 - the good old BBC News has the story here. But still we struggle on and heck, it... Read more

    Posted on 03 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Three Good Days

    Three Good Days

    As anyone with a chronic illness will testify, good days are hard to come by; like trains they are often nowhere in sight and instead you must take the crappy... Read more

    Posted on 25 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 900th Blog Post

    900th Blog Post

    I'm starting to feel stronger, just a little and I know it's fragile but (and maybe this is the wine talking) I want to enjoy the small victories. Read more

    Posted on 21 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • When You've Lost Your Way

    When You've Lost Your

    My mental health has taken a downward spiral and I'm really not coping this days, these weeks, these months... I want so much to be 'normal' to enjoy the great... Read more

    Posted on 17 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME