Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Garlic Crop

Garlic has been one of the success stories from my vegetable garden this year. The numerous cloves were planted just after Christmas, and since early July I have been able to harvest over forty heads of garlic. A pretty good … Continue reading

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The White Company – Orb Light

For all those who’ve lusted after Ochre’s ‘Arctic Pear’ chandelier over the years but don’t have the exceedingly generous budget needed for one, I have some good news. The White Company’s ‘Solid Glass Orb Ceiling Light’, from their latest collection, offers similar … Continue reading

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A Glut

I should have known better than to disregard advice from Joy Larkcom, the grande dame of vegetable gardening. In her book ‘Grow your own Vegetables’ she writes: “Courgettes are naturally prolific: well-grown plants can produce twenty courgettes, so three or … Continue reading

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Shortlist # 6 – Jam & Chutney Labels

Last year’s foray into the world of jam-making wasn’t entirely a success for me. Giddy with the excitement of moving to the countryside, I felt it was my duty to get preserving. Whilst my strawberry jam tasted nice enough, especially as … Continue reading

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David Austin Rose Gardens

Continuing with the garden theme from our trip to Staffordshire last week, we also paid a visit to the sumptuous David Austin Rose Gardens, a glorious two acres of gardens that are home to over 700 varieties of rose, including … Continue reading

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Trentham Gardens

My kids and I spent last week at my parents’ house in Staffordshire. We had a really busy week and managed to fit in several brilliant day-trips, one of which was our (now annual) visit to Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent. … Continue reading

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Le Parfait Jars

Like many of the home accessories that we now prize for their looks, Le Parfait jars can trace their origins back to more functional and practical beginnings. The French company, which was founded in Reims back in the 1930s, introduced … Continue reading

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Shortlist # 5 – Metallics

Unsurprisingly, the UK is gripped by Olympics-fever at the moment. After Danny Boyle’s incredible opening ceremony, Team GB are slowly climbing the medals table thanks to some amazing performances by our athletes and the enthusiastic support of the spectators. With … Continue reading

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