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...
In praise of the daffodil

In praise of the daffodil

Narcissus ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ in drifts   Some people call them daffodils, others call them narcissi.  Either way, they are one of the easiest and lowest maintenance bulbs to plant in the garden and I love them.  Now is the time to plant them for a display to...
From Winter to Wonder

From Winter to Wonder

Storms Ciara and Dennis may have passed but it’s still pretty chilly outside here in Yorkshire.  Many of us like to settle down on a cold winter evening to select our summer holiday – will it be Greece this year?  Portugal? Maybe a cruise?!   Here’s a suggestion for...