Stuck in a Rut

deer-antler-nov-2016Last month our dog, Ruby, emerged from the darkness of her usual night time patrol round the garden with a stick in her mouth.

Bringing us little presents is a relatively rare event, usually confined to the odd rotting fermenting windfall apple, presented with a slightly drunken look on her face as if to say ‘you should try these fermented apples they are really great!’

Ruby’s stick face however had an altogether different look of smug satisfaction. And rightly so. Continue reading

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Wasps verses Badgers

wasps-v-badger-2-nov-2016No, not a Channel 5 programme pitch, but a fierce, yet silent, night time battle to the death, fought out recently at The Secret Acre.

There are apparently over 110 species of digger wasp in Britain, who’d have thought it, one of which decided to nest near our greenhouse earlier this year. Out of the way doing no harm we decided to leave them to their own devices. Continue reading

First Glimmers of the Good Life

Deer in garden - 241015Amid the stresses of moving in, unpacking and snagging it can be easy to temporarily lose sight of why you wanted to chase a more balanced life in the first place. So it has something of a relief to almost immediately get the first glimmers of the promised Good Life.

My top three so far have been – Continue reading

Follow our Good Life adventure in 2015

Paul and Emma in Garden - 30 July 2014In 2014 we finally took the plunge and decided to put life before work.

The result was to take on a one acre smallholding near Stroud. Both the land and the bricks and mortar are in need of renovation as Estate Agents say!

So, our first tasks in 2015 are an eco-makeover of the house, prepare the veg beds, and repair the greenhouse and orchard for a productive 2016.

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