Autumnal joys and a seasonal bucket List

Autumn is without doubt my favourite time of year; it is a time of new beginnings, pregnant with possibilities. Autumn days are those filled with crisp air, crunchy leaves, foraging, candles, Samhain, bonfire night, stick-to-your ribs warming foods, cosiness and of course, the commencement of the new academic year in the U.K. Such a special … Read more

We have an Allotment! and a Trip Down Memory Lane

        Back in January we applied to the local council for an allotment and received the exciting news at the beginning of the last week that one had become available. After making an appointment with the site manager to go and see the plot last Wednesday we came away brimming with excitement … Read more

Satisfying Autumn Eats – Plant Based Frittata

As nights draw in and the day for the clocks going back in the U.K looms closer, home becomes ever more important;  particularly for those of us in the UK living under the most stringent covid-19 restrictions. Having a more introverted personality, the restrictions aren’t so much of a burden for my beloved and I, … Read more

Ordering a Veg Box and Ethical Considerations

Is it slightly bonkers to be excited about a veg box? I’ve just ordered our first box from Riverford Organic Farmers and am really looking forward to receiving it. We opted for the zero packaging organic veg box (priced at £15.35), as this is something very important to us and we have been trying (and … Read more

High Days, Holidays, Simple and Slow Days

‘Tottie! You don’t know how beautiful Silverdale is and a tower of our own! Think of that! its a sort of country you never saw before. I’ll answer for it.’ (Elizabeth Gaskell in a letter to Eliza Fox, May 1852) In her letter, Elizabeth Gaskell was writing of Lindeth Tower in Silverdale, and a more … Read more

Bookish Loveliness: July

Is there anything better than discovering something that entertains, informs or just brightens your day? Wow, what a month it has been in terms of books. My first shout-out goes to the debut novel ‘Seducing Hope’ by Adaline Winters; for lovers of fantasy fiction this is a must read. I don’t want to reveal too … Read more

Life: Planning, Projects and Poetry

I’ve been feeling good lately……really good. I’m brimming with energy, expansive of heart and mind and throwing myself into the projects I’ve been intending to do for ages. I’ve really been enjoying getting back into research and have started ploughing through my (unfinished) PhD on the influence of folk song and ballads on Pre-Raphaelite visual … Read more