Saturday, 1 August 2015

Happy Yorkshire Day and why I love Yorkshire

WhitbyBrimming with charm and history, spectacular coastline and dramatic landscapes there is something to interest everyone in this fabulous county. I have barely scratched the surface of the area despite being a northerner and not living really that far away at all. In little over an hour I am in Leeds and I've really only been there a handful of times. 

Friday, 31 July 2015

Rest, silver Butterflies, your quivering wings

Erasmus Darwin house Lichfield with Palladian frontageUnexpected finds on days out discovering new places. A trip to Lichfield, famous for its three spired cathedral knows as the 'Ladies of the Vale' but across the Cathedral Close is a house. A grand Georgian house that was once home to Charles Darwin's grandfather Erasmus Darwin.

The Erasmus Darwin House & Garden Museum, Lichfield

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Open day at the town allotment

open allotments CheshireThe climbing of runner beans and flowering of dahlias tell me that it is time for the allotment open day in the next town. A chance to view the competition, admiring rows of onions inter-planted with rainbow chard and greenhouses filled with tomatoes and cucumbers.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Bilberry picking and jam making

View from Teggs Nose, Macclesfield Up in the hills above Macclesfield at Tegg's Nose we assembled on a Sunday morning with the local ranger and a Cheshire forest school to go wild bilberry picking. The acidic soils of the area are perfect for bilberries and the rugged landscape here is abundant with ripe ones at this time of year, ready for us to turn into glorious jam.
bilberries growing

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Swan update July

Just to recap on our resident swans who last year and indeed for several years before have not had any cygnets but this year as I reported back in June, they had 8 young.

Weaver locks Cheshire