February 6, 2019

I can’t quite believe it’s almost been a year since we left London and escaped to the countryside. But what many people don’t know is that our original plan was always to return to London…after a rest-bite of a couple of weeks in Yorkshire.

We were visiting my parents who, despite my never-dying love for them are completely mad. When I was 5 they bought an old farm in order to live as self-sufficiently as possible. There is no wifi, there is no bus route and there are no shops. The longest we’d ever stayed (discounting my own childhood of course) was one night so a two week stay all together, we thought, was long enough. 

When we awoke on the first morning of our stay we travelled the 30-minute journey to the closest large town, which is Doncaster, to grab some breakfast.

I had actually already heard that Jackson’s…’famous Jackson’s The Herbalists’ was closing down. It was gutting to see as we entered the town. It had been an amazing shop with the most fascinating history and now the shop...

August 7, 2018

Upon a crisp and silent morning, early in the month of June, I found a tiny field mouse on the plot. It hung around all afternoon. I first spotted him dancing amongst my Foxgloves but later he settled on the brick steps that I have formed around my makeshift frog pond. He sat and drank from the pond on more than one occasion and would hop up and down the bricks seemingly quite content in my presence. I got on with my work and he his; quite in harmony. He would allow me quite close to him, I could get as near as 30cm before he would turn his back and I would retreat to allow him his space. He had been quite the companion to me that afternoon and I was excited as I packed away my tools to see if he would still be there when I returned the next day.

That same evening my little mouse lay almost untarnished but unmistakably lifeless on the mat outside my front door. My tiny Jack Russell was delighted to have brought me home a present. It was tragic. My little puppy wagging her tail beaming u...

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