No-go areas? Thugs and leftovers are the very thing.

We have a long clay bank of quite the vilest sub soil anyone could imagine. We have planted it with daffodils and when they are out it is beautiful. However, for the rest of the year it was a bit of an eyesore and awash with weeds. It can’t really be weeded, it is vertiginousContinue reading “No-go areas? Thugs and leftovers are the very thing.”

Pizza Pizzaz

Since the lockdown started we have been firing up the pizza oven every other Thursday to make and deliver pizzas for the neighbours. It is quite the family affair. I make the dough (apart from one week when I was demoted after a soggy batch the week before. Finding my reading glasses again helped….) IContinue reading “Pizza Pizzaz”

Along the way

Lyra is super excited about the cows. Yesterday Catriona the 24th of that Ilk let me feed her with Lyra next to me. It was both terrifying and thrilling for Lyra. She cannot get enough. Not an hour passes without her sitting by the field gate checking they are still there. (She is not entirelyContinue reading “Along the way”

The Ruthven Fold

Yesterday four Scottish Longhorn heifers joined the merry band here at Ruthven. They seem very canny beasts and have ambled around the field a few times before settling, for now, by the compost heap. Lyra the pup is agog with excitement. At every opportunity she is down by the fence watching intently. Yesterday, feigning theContinue reading “The Ruthven Fold”

Granny’s Bonnets

Well, I can’t think my mum has ever sported anything quite so frilly. However, due to the lockdown her regular hairdresser’s appointment has been missed and I believe the sun hat is now clamped firmly on to disguise the errant locks…… Aquilegia season is here. Love them or hate them, they get everywhere at thisContinue reading “Granny’s Bonnets”

In the drink again…..

Today was forecast to be dull in the morning, which, perversely, I was quite looking forward to; I have various jobs stacked in a holding pattern. However, the sun was streaming in when I opened the curtains and another glorious day beckoned. Jobs were promptly directed back to the holding pattern where they will orbitContinue reading “In the drink again…..”

Just Dangling

Yesterday started misty but very rapidly warmed up to blistering. After a week of self imposed not digging I cracked and spent most of the afternoon wrenching up roots and digging in compost. Highly satisfying, but by late afternoon I was boiling hot and somewhat pooped. Strolling round the garden to cool down in theContinue reading “Just Dangling”