I’ve spent much of my life in mud spattered boots. I grew up on a farm in the days when children disappeared outside after breakfast and returned home for meal times and we spent the school holidays making dens and playing in all sorts of unsuitable places, exploring the countryside on bikes and riding ponies. I wanted to be like the girls in the books I read, galloping their ponies through the sea and sleeping under the stars. However, I was more like the Thelwell cartoons – a small girl bouncing around on a fat little pony.

Now I’m married to a farmer living on a farm about forty miles north of London and my boots are still mud spattered. I love walking (my favourite long distance walk is the Greenwich Meridian Trail), cooking home grown food, foraging for fruits and berries in the hedgerows and have regular phases of creativity (currently printing and hand knitting).


I hope this blog might encourage you to discover the simpler pleasures that country life can offer; growing or picking your own food; making a cordial from fruits in the hedgerows; nature printing with gathered leaves; thinking about where your food comes from; cooking and sharing simple food; or just making time to walk in the glorious countryside and enjoy its beauty.


One of the best things about this blogging lark is the connections that spring up and develop, so please say hello in a comment. I always try to answer any questions but if I don’t respond to your comment it’s just that I can’t think of anything else to say but “thank you”. You can also contact me by email.


I lurk on other places, some more enthusiastically than others.

You can find out about Slamseys Fruit Gin, printing workshops and Christmas happenings on the Slamseys Farm Website with photos around and about the farm on Instagram.

I confess to a slight Pinterest habit and enjoy reading everybody else’s pithy comments on Twitter but mostly I just hang about here on the blog.



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