Saying Goodbye

I’ve tried to think of the best way to describe the last few weeks, and the best I can do is “different”. Earlier this year, my wife’s grandfather, Stan, passed away. He was 91 and had a short period of ill health before passing away at home with his family with him. When anyone passes…

Feeling relaxed and productive at the same time

I’ve followed my philosophy of “little and often” religiously this year and I think I am starting to see the rewards.  By working on my garden and allotment plots, a little each day, I have started to form a habit.  It now feels strange to not be in the garden pulling up some young weeds…

Hearty warming food

Today has been one of those days when the sun doesn’t shine.  Here in the East of England I doesn’t feel like there has been a sunrise, it just became a lighter shade of grey with persistent rain.  It’s days like these which make winter a challenge and reminds me how much I like spring…

Checking on the Allotment

The cold has well and truly come to Norfolk and December is due to get even colder.  Since clearing up the allotment I have not been down to check on it and the last few things growing down there. The allotment is a very different place during the winter.  It is missing a sea of…

Autumn planning

Tidying has been the name of the game so far this autumn and I’ve filled up my garden waste bin several times over.  But now the beds are begging to clear and the soil is turned over, its time to have a think about what I could grow over the winter months. There are not…

VLog 4 – Onions

I finally got round to finishing my latest Vlog to accompany my last blog.  This episode is all about onions.

Harvesting Onions

Today is the first major harvest of this year; onions.  I love to use onions in a lot of my cooking at home. They cost around £0.16 loose for white onions or £0.21 for a red onion at the local supermarket.  With the ability to store for 2-3 months and to have a crop up…

Not keeping up

Its amazing how life takes over and things slip.  Between work, trying to build a business and looking after my garden and allotment, I have not been able to keep up with posting.  So here is a quick catch up on a couple of Vlogs from earlier in the year.  I’ll follow up with a…

Practice run – Making Tomato Soup

One of the aims of this project is to reduce the amount of shop brought food and to produce my own food.  One of the main challenges I need to overcome is how to store my fresh produce once the crop has been harvested.  Some crops, such as carrots and potatoes store relatively well without…