Monday, 23 May 2016


This year is rushing past, and where has Spring gone - or have we even had it?  Its been a nice few days anyway, and I want to share with you a picture which was taken by last week's guests.  They are such a lovely couple and such keen photographers.  The final day of their holiday, and they walked up through the Mangerton Valley and spotted this little fellow.  Beautiful photography, thank you.  Is there a more beautiful bird than the Kingfisher in this country?

Sunday, 21 February 2016


I can feel Spring is just round the corner.  There is evidence of toads!  We have a grebe on the lake (this is a very unusual visitor for us).  Also - an extra delight - a beautiful barn own gliding about the tops of the reeds.  All very exciting.  My neighbour's geese have started laying - so mine are generally a week or so behind.  I have been out in the garden - just tidying things up, but I am aware that there is a cold snap forecast!!  Hey ho.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas is coming

Well, its has been mild and I know I should be grateful.... and we havent had the floods or anything like the weather Scotland and the north have had, and I am grateful for that - but it isn't exactly looking (or feeling) like Christmas.  Wednesday I went over the Symondsbury and was one of many producing Christmas wreaths, all moneys received going to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance - a very worthy cause.  Plus, of course, its great fun!!  I have now made my own at home from the bits and pieces in the garden, so we are working our way up towards making things look the part.  Happy Christmas one and all.

Monday, 2 November 2015


Where is this year going??  We have now rushed into November - foggy and extremely warm!!  As soon as the fog has lifted it will be like a summer day.  I want to share with you 3 pumpkins - which never reached the stage of being carved...  I am considering what to do with them - there is pumpkin soup, jam and chutney - but now I have written this I realize I shall have to do all three.  Autumn is such an "orange" time - the pumpkins are deep yellow, the marigolds are deep orange, - all the leaves dropping are different shades... So I have added a bit of lilac - I have a clematis which is flowering so beautifully - it deserved a photo - plus the odd sweetpea still to be had.  Soon be firework night.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


The year is romping on - and suddenly we are into autumn with beautiful hard bright days and cooler nights. We have been very busy here at New House Farm - lots of guests, lots to do and now living off the proceeds of the vegetable garden - and did I mention that there are so many apples....   All meals need runner beans and apples - even beautiful blackberry and apple compote for breakfast.  Below is a darling little longtailed tit on our feeder.  We adore our birds.

Sunday, 19 July 2015


We are being asked to check on how many butterflies are flying about - well loads.  Especially the Speckled Wood, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns.  Beautiful Peacocks, Commas and Tortoiseshells too.  Yet to see a Painted Lady - but I am sure she is there.  Here is a nice picture of an Adonis Blue.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Garden Visitors

We are very lucky to have lots of birds in the garden.  Yes, I know mostly sparrows - but there are also gold finches, linnets, blue tits, green finches, black birds, robins (now voted our national bird), and wood peckers. And more.  I can spend quite a lot of time watching them, identifying anything strange and trying to photograph them. Today, we have a Jay.  Perhaps common to many, but its a first in our garden.  He is seeing off everyone one and attacking the peanuts.  Very beautiful, but possibly going to be a nuisance!