The last few weeks have involved some pretty intense tree planting at Blackthorn Cottage. This was always something we intended to do, from the moment that we decided we wanted to buy our house; however we left it a year to see what a full year in the garden looked like. Once that year […]
A few weeks ago my brother and his family came to stay. They live in London, so we don’t get to see a great deal of them. So this means it is big event when they do come up. Normally I am working – so I get to pop by after work when I am […]
I decided instead of searching for reasons not to leave the house this winter, I would immerse myself in it. Search for beauty in all the bleakness and decay. When you really look for it, it is everywhere at the moment. The awkward silhouettes of hawthorn trees that have shed their leaves; the husk of […]
It was only after we’d moved in that I realised that I had seen our house once before. Maybe five years before, when our car was being serviced and I’d had a few hours to kill. It was one of those early spring days where everything is so green, and the world feels like it’s […]
It was Kate’s birthday last weekend, and when we asked her what she wanted to do she said she would like to go and stare at the sea. So that is what we all did. We didn’t tell her where we were taking her, just that she needed to wear lots of clothes. I don’t […]
The light this time of year is at it’s most delicious, and after many weeks of neglecting my camera, I got up early the other week and went out to take some pictures. It was one of the first really frosty mornings, and I went out looking fine in my dressing gown, wellies and a thick woolly scarf.
After nearly three weeks away on holiday, we got back to Blackthorn Cottage this week, and it was so lovely to be home. Our holiday was sort of four holidays in one, for various reasons. First we stayed in a cabin in the Finnish Lakeland (which is what this post is mostly about), then we […]