Creating Your Safe Haven

I frequently Blog about how important our garden is as a ‘sanctuary’ for me.  No matter what season or time of year, there is always something of interest to observe, even in a small cottage garden as ours is.  I am a great believer that connecting with nature is incredibly important, and helpful, for overall well-being;…

Colouring Winter

I was in the garden today and took a photo of the beautiful Chrysanthemums that are in flower.  I don’t know the name of the variety but they really are so lovely, at this time of year, that I thought you might like to see them: The larger plant is sharing a pot with the remains of the…

Summertime and Time for Summer

As you will notice, I have enjoyed a little rest in July.  I decided that it is okay to sometimes just ‘stop’ and I gave myself permission to prioritise other things; including just resting and enjoying the summer weather.  I think there is little better than lazy, hazy English summer days.  This is why I…

Pretty in Pink

As I’ve described in earlier Blog posts this year, Spring appeared with a burst of golden yellows in our cottage garden; the Forsythia and Daffodils and these were followed by the white blossom of the Japanese Shirota and Cherry Trees; the latter offering a subtlety of the palest pink, upon closer inspection. Now, the advent…

Idols of the Manor

I fully expected that I would have to take off my boots.  As we did so, taking the lead from our friends, my Partner and I managed to cram our boots into the small racks that had been set up outside the entrance to the Manor.  I felt sure that I would not find my…

Plant Pharmacy for Natural Remedies

I tend to choose coffee as my preferred option in the early part of the day.  I guess the kick-start that the caffeine hit offers is just what I need early in the day.  I am more of a ‘Night Owl’ and so I tend to find mornings more difficult.  Certainly, Fibromyalgia has a way…

Green Friends

Sadly, a very dear friend of ours passed away this week, following her battle with an illness in the Leukaemia branch of Cancer.  She was very special to my Partner and I and so this has been a difficult week for us.  One thing that has helped, is to get outside to enjoy the restful qualities…