patchwork May, 2015

May, how glorious you have been. Ever my favourite month in the countryside, with swathes of cow parsley, buttercups in the meadows, wild garlic in bloom and the dwindling golden fields, now speckled with green. It’s been a time for gathering armfuls of flowers, for long walks down the prettiest lanes, foraging in the woods

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patchwork April, 2015

April has been a very lovely month: spring flowers and new leaves, blue skies and warm air. The woods have been at their loveliest, carpeted with wild garlic, wood anenomes and bluebells. In the gardens, magnolias and blossom trees enjoy their brief moment of glory. We explored Kew Gardens, romped on blustery Southerndown beach, were awed

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patchwork March, 2015

Once again, March brought blue skies and pink blossom. The beloved magnolia tree in our back garden has started to bloom in the final days of the month, but the branches which I brought inside to force provided delicate petals ahead of time. In the kitchen, there have been eggs, proudly gathered straight from the chickens by the

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patchwork February, 2015

February, last month of winter, has brought a good sprinkling of blue-skied, bright days. We’ve made our annual pilgrimages to the winter beach and to the snowdrops, each time blessed with cool, sparkling light: shining through the trees and reflecting off the water. The air is crisp, but now with the gentlest breath of spring in

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