End of February

It’s the end of February and I thought it was a good time to have a quick catch up and show you how things are progressing with our house extension.  

Storms and building work

The third weekend of February has come and past, time is marching quickly towards spring. In the past week, we have had two storms hit the UK. Luckily for us, the storms have blown in from the West, so Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the West of England has taken the brunt of it. Here in…

February Tasks

February is another one of those months where the motivation to get out in the garden can get quite low. Here is the East of England; it is still damp and cold. The ground is waterlogged and heavy; a thick covering of cloud keeps us in the perpetual half-light. Despite the prevailing greyness of the…

Second Month of the Year

The second month of 2020 has started; I can hardly believe how fast time is passing. The weather here has remained very mild, and I am struggling to recall a day when we woke to frost covering the building site, formally my garden. We have had a few cold mornings, but not enough to stop…

Exploring Norfolk’s Big Houses

Norfolk has a long history and experienced some interesting times. You can’t go too far without bumping into a hill fort, Roman ruins and medieval castles, as well as some of the most amazing and well preserved stately homes once owned by the rich and royalty. Within 45 minutes north of where I live I…

A cold snap

The climate has changed a lot since I grew up. We had several inches of snow and icicles your could use as swords. Now we get a dusting of snow every other year and mainly just cold and damp. So far this year we have had a few stunning days. Bright sunshine, temperatures into the…

Heated propagation bed

The other year I built a heated propagation bed for my greenhouse. I’ve not made great use of it in previous years. This year I’m using it to extend my growing year. I’ve started some broad beans, radishes and lettuce on the heated bed to see how they do. It’s been a week now and…

Spring is on its way

January is over. January always feels longer than any other month in the year. How does it feel to you? The days are getting longer and the sun is pushing through the rain clouds. It’s still cold but it’s all the more tolerable with the sun on your back. The ground is fairly water logged…