Madeira, island of bounty

Madeira, island of bounty

This month I want to transport you away from the wet, dark winter days of the UK all the way to Madeira, the lush, green volcanic island 400 miles off the coast of Morocco.   We all need a bit of sun on our faces and the longer, warmer days of sub-tropical Madeira...
Historic garden with a modern twist

Historic garden with a modern twist

The re-awakening of Lowther Castle & Gardens Summer is a time to indulge in one of the nation’s favourite pastimes – visiting stately homes and gardens.  Looking for somewhere for a day out a few weeks ago, I realised I’d never been to Lowther Castle & Gardens...
Spring is sprung, the grass is (nearly) riz

Spring is sprung, the grass is (nearly) riz

Last March we were in lockdown and life was getting tough.  Oh wait, we’re still in lockdown.  But the thing is, that’s just us humans – all the other wildlife around us is getting on with life just as usual this Spring. That makes me feel just a teeny bit better.  I...
Hygge in the garden

Hygge in the garden

I’ve been listening to Sandi Toksvig’s Hygge on BBC Sounds– an excellent podcast, I recommend it.  She and her guests are in a virtual log cabin in Denmark, talking about what the Scandinavian word ‘hygge’ means to them.  It turns out that it’s quite a wide-ranging...