Fortune cookies and lobster pots 

Not only did we have fun last night celebrating Chinese New Year with fortune cookies and quizzes but when we got home our housemate had a new year gift for us, a lobster pot! I’ve always wanted one to try my hand at nabbing one of those elusive underwater prizes. Hopefully this will allow me to explore the wet wild larder that is out there.

All I need now is a boat!

First catch, you can’t leave him for five minutes…..

festELVI 2015 a garden celebration


Last summer we had our first garden festival, FestELVI ! celebrating all that is good about summer, food, birthdays, veg patches and sick making hippy nonsense. Tents were erected, bunting hung from the trees and a bar built from 100% recycled wood dealt out summer cocktails all night long with a merry bunch of revelers partying into the wee small hours.

Elvi is my Barbara in my ‘good life’, a stubbornly creative, fiercely talented woman who has brought a ray of sunshine to my life, don’t say anything but I’m quite smitten. 

June in the kale yard


First sun of june here this morning, making the most of it before more rain at the weekend, yawn boring, sometimes I think the weather and slugs are in league together. Without being too bold I think *whispers* I’ve not suffered too much slug damage this year but it’s not over yet. In other news the plums are swelling nicely, our first in three years, the quince has failed to set any fruit but most other things are growing well, I put it down to horse shit.

Gardens looking lush




For the first year the gardens really looking lush everythings growing well and there is still loads to put in. Looks like all the fruit trees will be having a crop this year, so that means Quince and Plums as well as apples and Medlars, I’m very excited about our first ever plum and quince crop. My only niggle is that it’s a little too green, must remember to add more flowers for next year, not that I don’t like the jungle look.

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Elephant hawk moth finally hatched


This beautiful moth has been doing whatever it does inside it’s chrysalis for the past 8 months, sat on my sons bedside table almost forgotten about. Yesterday morning though as I came out of the bedroom the jar was at the top of the stairs with two very interested cats. It’s almost unbelievable that something so large and beautiful comes from something so small.