General

Paris in Spring

March 27, 2018

  We spent last weekend enjoying some lovely Spring weather in Paris. They say Paris is beautiful in every season, and I am inclined to agree! Overall, it was much appreciated after the recent cold weather.   Before I left for Paris though, it was time to sow my second batch of annuals. The cosmos and nasturtium seeds are relatively…

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Introducing Slinky-cat

March 18, 2018

  “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” – Oprah Winfrey   My dream is to have a smallholding one day with a few acres for raising animals. I may be some way from…

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Garden

A Surprise Purchase

March 11, 2018

  With eight weeks to go until the last frost, I spent today getting my first batch of seeds sown (if we ignore the sweetpeas, which aren’t in my good books anyway). This necessitated a trip to the garden centre which is always dangerous.. Predictably I came away with more than I intended.   I wanted some good durable seed…

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Garden

Spring has Sprung?!

March 7, 2018

  Now if you are following the meteorological calendar, it is technically springtime. This surely would have raised a few eyebrows last week in the UK as we were blanketed by a rare layer of snow. Fortunately, we escaped the worst of it but there were still some photographic opportunities.   Since moving in, I have been tracking the view…

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Hedgerow Heroes

March 4, 2018

  We recently spent a day helping out with the “Hedgerow Heroes” project run by the Surrey Wildlife Trust.   One of my New Years’ resolutions was to do some volunteering and so this fit the bill! I also thought it was a good opportunity to get involved in a local project while learning about the environment at the same…

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Garden

A Rosy Future

February 25, 2018

  In advance of the growing season, I have been taking stock of the garden. The back garden is roughly set out as follows.     The plot straddles a small stream which runs under a bridge connecting the house to the back garden. There are also a number of springs in the meadows behind the house. The result is…

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3 Tips for Learning to Love Winter

February 18, 2018

  When I was in a teenager, I used to live in Minnesota, USA. The winters there are fierce and temperatures get down to – 40 C. Minnesota is also known as the land of the lakes, and in winter those lakes freeze solid to a meter or more. Minnesotans gleefully drive their 4×4 trucks onto the ice and partake…

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Plans for the Year Ahead

February 11, 2018

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain   Since moving back in 2016, we have been busy on the Cottage. To date, our attention has mostly been focused inside. The Cottage was in need…

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Welcome to Musing in the Meadows!

February 4, 2018

  I’ll start with a confession. I am a dreamer. I can happily sit on a train, gazing out the window and lost in my own thoughts, for hours.   Usually those dreams take me to the British countryside in summertime. I lived for a number of years in London, and while I had a great time, I am not…

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