Category Archives: Gardening

Rime and Roses

This weekend I picked roses in the garden, which still held a subtle perfume of summer …. Then, the next morning winter arrived, just in time for Christmas. A frosty, misty morning full of sparkling promise And the boys loving … Continue reading

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Horsemanship, Health & Ageing; A Cavalière on the Cusp

Recently we went to dinner with a great friend to meet the new man in her life.  Her three children helped to make the meal and the conversation round the table was lively and easygoing.  The talk turned to Finn’s … Continue reading

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Do you like wild mushrooms?

So that’s it then. I’ve slung the flip-flops to the back of the wardrobe, put away the sun-loungers and washed the last pair of shorts. I love this time of year. The leaves are still green on the trees, there’s … Continue reading

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One Door Closes, Another Opens…

Before I go any further, I want to thank all of you who read and responded to my last post.  Losing my lovely old horse hit me hard and the genuine sympathy offered by my blogging friends was truly touching. … Continue reading

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Cornucopia!

Since my last post at the end of April, I’ve been slowly getting my strength back after the plate was taken out of my leg.  What I didn’t expect was that it would be like having a crutch kicked away, … Continue reading

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The Optimistic Laundress

I’ll freely admit it.  In the bleak midwinter, I love my thermal vests and don’t give a damn whether my underwear is alluring!  And it has been bitingly cold here, so it’s been vests and long-johns, plus ski socks with pop … Continue reading

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A Rose, by Whatever Romantic Name….

Could you resist a rose by the name of Ghislaine de Féligonde or Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Nuits de Chine, Cuisse de Nymphe, Tea Clipper or Madame Hardy? Apparently the white spotted rose beetle can’t either! The roses are flowering early, … Continue reading

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Garden Treats

A welcome, not too violent storm freshened the air last night and brought welcome relief to my old horse, Aly, who has had great difficulties with his breathing in this last week’s mounting heat.  And though the rain brought down showers … Continue reading

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Horses, Gardens and the Hopalong Kid

I haven’t had much to enthuse about in a post whilst my broken leg has been slowly healing.  Our garden and fields are all sloping to a greater or lesser extent, so getting about on crutches – I had to … Continue reading

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The Colour Purple – Royal Flush of Spring

Since my altercation between a horse and a hard place just over a month ago, my horizons – and my energies – have been strictly limited.  But at last the leg is starting to heal and even if I can’t get up to much … Continue reading

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