Christmas crafts and plans for 2023 (6 on Saturday)

Contrary to what advertisers will have us believe, not everyone likes making a big deal about Christmas. Having lived abroad for nearly 15 years, I now look at the UK and think it really goes over-the-top with Christmas buildup. It’s hard to avoid the commercial frenzy and excess that surrounds it. Here in Belgium it’s a quiet affair. That means: no Christmas carols blaring out … Continue reading Christmas crafts and plans for 2023 (6 on Saturday)

Some news and some plants for Six on Saturday 03 Dec 2022

Hello everyone! I hope the change in the weather to cold and grey isn’t getting you down (if you’re reading this in the Western hemisphere. If you’re on the other side of the world, I envy you!). You might have noticed that I have been a bit erratic in my postings of late. I promise you I have not been lazy! No, I have been … Continue reading Some news and some plants for Six on Saturday 03 Dec 2022

Allotment experiments: six on Saturday: 12 Nov 2022

Today I’m going to give you a quick run through of a few experiments from my first proper year of allotmenteering (if mountaineering can be a verb, then why not ‘allotmenteering’? My spellcheck doesn’t agree, and suggests ‘allmothering’ as an alternative, which is actually not far from the truth!). I’ve been spending more time in the allotment than in the garden lately, maybe thanks to … Continue reading Allotment experiments: six on Saturday: 12 Nov 2022

Leafy Mouldy Six on Saturday: 17 Sep 22

I was dodging hailstorms shortly prior to typing this, foolishly thinking there was a big enough sunny gap between showers to do a spot of work at the allotment. There’s a chill in the air too, autumn creeps ever closer. The leaves are starting to shed – living right beneath a row of deciduous trees means I am acutely aware of their rituals and there … Continue reading Leafy Mouldy Six on Saturday: 17 Sep 22

High time for Six on Saturday: 10 Sep 2022

This is shameful, it’s been just over a month since I last put out a post. There have been multiple distractions, upheavals, a holiday and a new school to fit in to that bumpy thing called life. Now it feels like a new chapter, both with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, feted as ‘Une grande Dame‘ by the Belgians and admired it seems the … Continue reading High time for Six on Saturday: 10 Sep 2022

Holiday vibes: Sissinghurst’s Delos Garden

We’ve probably all been on holiday somewhere really lovely and just craved to bring a bit of it home, keeping the memory alive long after we’ve had to board the boat, train or plane back. And I don’t mean only a fridge magnet (although we have started a small collection!). Vita Sackeville-West and Harold Nicholson, creators of the legendary gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, wanted to … Continue reading Holiday vibes: Sissinghurst’s Delos Garden

Walmer Castle Gardens for Six on Saturday

I am in Kent, England this week, where we’ve had wonderful sunny weather – perfect for the seaside, perfect also for visiting gardens. The first we saw was Walmer Castle, an artillery fort on the Kent coast, built by King Henry VIII to keep the French and Spanish in check, but in the end the cannon was only ever fired against fellow Englishmen during the … Continue reading Walmer Castle Gardens for Six on Saturday