The Playhouse Challenge

beach hut playhouse

Two houses in one month!  A week after moving to our new house, another one arrived in the back of a van, not just any house but  a Honeypot Honeysuckle Playhouse. It was kindly sent by shed people Waltons as part of their Make It Your Own Challenge. All we had to do was make it our own! The  6'x5'' x 5'x6''playhouse … [Read more...]

That’s all, folks


Dear Allotment, It's over. Cheers for all those carrots (especially the purple ones) the beans, the courgettes, the courgettes, the courgettes, the beetroot (that D only ate because it made her wee turn red) the amazing pumpkins, the aubergines (that never really worked) the peppers, tomatoes, sweetcorn, spinach, strawberries … [Read more...]

The Very Annoying Slug (with apologies to Eric Carle.)


In the light of the moon, a little egg lay in the ground. One Sunday morning the rain came down - and  pop! - out of the ground came a fat and very greedy slug (and about three thousand of his relatives.) He started to look for some food. On Monday he ate through one row of  Cos lettuces. But he was still hungry. On … [Read more...]

Essential elderflower cordial

elderflower cordial ingredients

Unhusband: ''Did you piss in a bottle?'' Me: ''Err, no. It's elderflower coridal.'' It started off as a regrettable bank holiday morning.  Baby A woke up at 6am. By 6.05 we were downstairs. By 6.10 she'd had enough of the European Parliamentary Election results. By 6.15 so had I, though probably for different … [Read more...]

Top of the crops – the best six veg to grow on an allotment or veg patch


So, you've got your plot, or your patch, or even a few pots. But having watched The Big Allotment Challenge, you still don't have a clue what to grow, or how to grow it. So for what it's worth, here are my top six crops for beginners (or even experts, though I doubt any of those are reading.) Obviously, if you don't like any … [Read more...]