I thought with this being the last HDYGG in August that it might be nice to catch up with a few of the gardens I’ve visited this month. I seem to have excess photos lying in folders on my computer from the Summer holidays and when you put them together they give a nice snapshot into where I have mooching and what I’ve been loving. Next week it will be September! Eee!
We checked the BBC Weather app this morning, it appeared there was a 2 hour window of dry weather before the rain set in for the day. We headed out in the car, to find somewhere to walk. As we drove from Applemore towards Beaulieu Top the heather was striking, a sea of pinks and purples. We had to stop. We spied the large free Forestry Commission car park at Yew Tree Heath and pulled in before setting off to explore the heath and Bronze Age Barrow.
My daughter Kitty is an inquisitive child, she love finding out facts about things, animals, nature, people, places, scribbling things down in her notebooks to refer back to in the future. Long term readers will remember I have written in the past about her shyness around non-family members, well I am pleased to report that that’s improving as she’s getting older. Recently on holiday in Somerset she took herself off to chat to the couple staying in the next yurt to us, something that would never have happened a few years ago.
A seasonal change to apple & blackberry crumble (of which we have eaten lots of late!) Next time you go blackberrying, fill a small zip lock back with blackberries and pop them in the freezer. Then you can easily knock up this lovely smoothie in a couple of minutes any time you fancy - it’s perfect for a breakfast smoothie or a treat any time of day

Keeping the home a place of sanctuary for all, calm & harmonious and not letting it build up to melting pot of bored and stressed emotions

Sunny days, cooler evenings, rainy afternoons. Wearing sandals, trainers, wellington boots. Walking, running, climbing. Quietly reflecting, planning ahead, letting your mind just not think for a bit, processing the week. Holding hands and keeping close, watching your children run ahead free and keen to explore without you.
At the weekend I took my family and I traveled to River Cottage HQ to attend the annual River Cottage Summer Fair. We were kindly invited along by the River Cottage folk and having only seen River Cottage on television before we were excited and intrigued to find out what it’s really like.