“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself” – May Sarton.
Personally I like to think my life so far has fortunately been a series of triumphs set against a few disasters. But the jury is definitely still out when it comes to our
new veg beds!
Certainly in this first year, there have been
more triumphs than losses, which is nice. But this is probably mostly because we are still easily pleased! Continue reading →
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Last month didn’t just mark our anniversary of moving to The Secret Acre, it was of course also harvest time.
The UK’s national
Apple Day (yes, there is one) is actually on 21 st October.
And so during October community groups up and down the country hold a range of apple pressing and harvest celebration events.
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Tagged Apple Day, apple juice, apple press, apples, cider, cider making, fruit scratter, harvest, pasteuriser, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, Vigo Presses |
And another year goes by. So last month I put up two curtain poles and a washing line at The Secret Acre. Because October marked our first year anniversary of moving in. And rather embarrassingly these were the last of the ‘quick’ jobs still undone from that very first month!
But missing curtain poles aside, October was a chance for us to reflect on the good and bad points of our first year. Fortunately, perhaps, our positives and negatives were remarkably similar.
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Tagged anniversary, country living, Emma Alesworth, First, green roof, negatives, Paul Rainger, plot to plate, positives, seasons, Smallholding, The Good Life, The Secret Acre, veg patch, year |