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… Continue reading Christmas crafts and plans for 2023 (6 on Saturday)
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… Continue reading Some news and some plants for Six on Saturday 03 Dec 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… Continue reading Allotment experiments: six on Saturday: 12 Nov 2022
I don’t think I have ever planted bulbs in autumn and got too hot doing it. But I did this week. It was 23 degrees C in my area of Brussels on 28 October, breaking meteorological records. As I popped tulips, alliums and iris into the ground and pots, I wondered what the future hold… Continue reading Balmy October
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… Continue reading Leafy Mouldy Six on Saturday: 17 Sep 22
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… Continue reading High time for Six on Saturday: 10 Sep 2022
It’s going to be a tough month, with little rain and more hot days of 30 degrees C forecast for next week in Belgium. We had a very welcome couple of hours of rain on Thursday evening, but that’s not enough. No hosepipe ban here yet, but they have had to pump water into the… Continue reading A challenging August: Six on Saturday
It looks like this is going to go down as one of the driest summers in Europe – so far, I say with trepidation. Despite the lack of rain, the allotment harvests have been incredible. I can hardly keep up with processing all this food in the kitchen. It’s hard work, of the old-fashioned sort,… Continue reading Vegtastic Six on Saturday
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,… Continue reading Holiday vibes: Sissinghurst’s Delos Garden
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… Continue reading Walmer Castle Gardens for Six on Saturday
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