let there be light

and shadows. When the sun shines during the winter months it is a good opportunity to go out for a few hours. A National Trust garden that stays open throughout the year is Godolphin¹ which is about 11 miles from where I live. The thing I enjoy about this garden, apart from the fact that…

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is today the 21st December when we have the least daylight and the longest night. Astronomically, the winter solstice marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. As Christmas becomes increasingly engulfed by consumerism, perhaps it is time for us to reconnect with its authentic origins rooted in the natural…

frosty friday

In the 6 years since moving to the southwest of Cornwall I have only seen a handful of frosty mornings, including the Beast from the East back in 2018. This week has been exceptional with frost most days and yesterday the hardest one yet. Temperatures that don’t normally fall below zero were down to -3….

Six on Saturday | 2022 begins (a little late)

After a few months rest from the garden, I am back again. The dreary winter months have been spent contemplating what to do this year. After 6 years of tweaking this little patch of mine, I am bored. It’s not that the planting doesn’t bring me pleasure, but that it’s not particularly cohesive. I had…

Christmas in Cornwall

We’re on the beach! Crunch… Squelch… Sinking sand. Wet shoes and feet. The tide comes in with surf pounding. Foreign gulls reclaim the shore from the natives. Clouds come and go. The sun plays hide and seek in a light breeze. Dog walkers in sensible boots and dogs with sensible paws walk briskly. Whilst we…

Bittersweet

Nadelik Lowen! Or to put it in English “MERRY Christmas”. To all my fellow bloggers I send you greetings of the season. I thank each and every one of you who takes the time to visit my blog(s) and like / leave a comment. I really do appreciate it. You are what make blogging such…

Return of Six on Saturday

I thought I would have been back amongst the SoSers sooner, but it’s been an altogether miserable winter and although I had one or two flowering plants in January, nothing worthy of a SoS post. 1. Crocuses in containers. Last year I grew the lovely Crocus Chrysanthus ‘Blue Pearl’, ‘Cream Beauty’ and Crocus ‘Orange Monarch’ …

A Garden in Winter

A garden in winter is not quite the same as a winter garden – one that has been deliberately planted with winter-flowering shrubs – but it does not have to be devoid of character. A garden in winter is calming; the colour scheme has changed, bereft of colour, bleached and faded this is when fascinating…

Square January #23

heading UPHILL Always the optimist, Becky is hoping that 2021 will be a more positive year as we march onwards and upwards. Yes, the theme for January Squares is the word ‘up’ and as usual she invites us all to join her in a month of ‘ups’ of any description. The only absolute rule is that your main photograph…