A robin friend of bloggers

robin at rhs wisley

This was the little robin friend who decided he had to be part of a fabulous bloggers’ picnic this weekend at RHS Wisley. Four bloggers, five children, and delectable treats were simply too irresistible. I joined Annie from Mammasaurus, who had arranged the meet up, Charly from PODcastdove, and T from MummyBarrow for a perfect day out… Read More

A riot of tulips at Standen House


I went yesterday in the late morning to Standen House when the sun was shining fiercely and the gardens were ablaze with tulips.  8,000 tulips adorned the terraces and paths around this Arts and Crafts family home in the West Sussex countryside. The riot of tulips had been planted to mark the centenary of the… Read More

Let me introduce you to Gravetye Manor gardens

William Robinson kitchen garden 1898

I’ve been rather quiet on my blog recently as I went through a hellish period called moving house. But a huge upside is that I’m now basically living in the middle of a nature reserve in the West Sussex countryside. I’m also close to the gardens of Gravetye Manor which I finally had a chance… Read More

Siblings – Twins 4 /15

Luce and Theo on skateboard ramp

Do you remember having boundless energy? Running, swinging, leaping and climbing non-stop? Luce and Theo began the day early with tennis club before school. They told me they had P.E. outdoors at school but as soon as they hit the playground it was like watching fireworks explode. What is it about kids and a playground? I’m not a… Read More

Goodbye Fred the Pheasant

Goodbye Fred the Pheasant

We moved house this week. Not far. In fact just outside the next village. There are lots of pheasants roaming near our new home but they’re not Fred. A wild pheasant we nicknamed Fred showed up in January when we rebuilt a bird feeder platform. Without fail he made an appearance every morning to nibble on… Read More

The Photo Diary 13 / 52

Free range chickens

I’m in midst of preparing to move house this week so getting rather frantic and will keep this photo diary rather brief. As you can see this week’s diary is all about country and village life. We took care of our neighbour’s dogs again this past week which meant daily walks with them in the… Read More

Budding, Blooming, Dying – My Sunday Photo

Budding, blooming and dying Camellias

I love how Camellias add a splash of colour to the late winter and early spring garden landscape. Now they’re full of budding, blooming and dying flowers as they mark the change of the season. A huge thank you if you would consider nominating me in the #Bibs2015 Photo category. The nomination form is available here…. Read More

Adventurous Journeys at Wakehurst Place

Kids on Wakehurst Place trail

The plan was for me to take Luce, Theo and a friend on an educational tree walk around Wakehurst Place but they ended up having an adventurous journey instead. Near the start of the year iBeacons had been installed across the 500 estate as a pilot program at Kew’s two sites, Wakehurst in West Sussex and Kew… Read More

March – My Nature Notes

Rain drops on Iris

I was in a bit of a quandary on what to do for my March nature notes until I stopped to take pictures of a blossoming tree in the historic hilltop village of West Hoathly in the Sussex countryside. I then remembered that The Priest House had opened this month again after the winter.  I had… Read More