As I mentioned last week, No.27 has really come to life in the last few weeks and I have been itching to tell you all about what's been happening - now I finally can. I think it's the crazy combination of rain and sun, which has meant that everything; seeds, weeds and all, have kicked … Continue reading No.27 is coming alive!
You've got to love an impromptu trip to a Potato Day! Well I do... I didn't need any more seed potatoes, I already have too many, but that didn't stop me suddenly pulling in to West Oxford Community Centre last week did it? No! The mind reading and slightly un-nerving skills of Facebook meant I … Continue reading Chit Chat Time!
It’s midway through February, the Tete a Tete daffodils are up popping up along the allotment path borders and the alliums are showing themselves too. My Rhubarb is coming back to life as well which means my first harvests are now only months away. The year long wait is going to be so worth it! … Continue reading To Do List – February
Happy Monday, or whichever day you are reading this! Hope you had a fab weekend, what did you get up to? Guess what I did....drumroll please....I filmed a video....finally! Yay, shock horror, it actually happened. It is basically me waffling at you in slightly dodgy lighting which I'm sure you will find highly riveting or … Continue reading 2018 Seed Choices with Groseeds
Two years ago today, allotment No.27 with it's waist high weeds became mine and Life at No.27 was born. What an incredible and life changing two years it's been...both on and off the plot. It has been a journey of continuous learning, successes, challenges and most of all...fun! At the end of Year One I … Continue reading Life at No.27 turns TWO!
Who loves food? I know for me it's the difference between a happy Belle and a grumpy Belle! Beauty certainly turns into the beast with no food; well Belle certainly does anyway. This is why I will most definitely be absorbing every morsel of food I can at the BBC Good Food Show as well as all the … Continue reading Marcus Bean – Cooking and GYO unite
I recently had the amazing opportunity and absolute pleasure of talking to Frances Tophill. If somehow you don't know who I am talking about, switch on your TV! Frances is one of the presenting team on ITV's Love Your Garden and BBC's Gardeners World in the UK. Her enthusiasm and passion for gardening and conservation is infectious! As you know … Continue reading Frances Tophill – Exclusive Interview & GW Live Competition
It's that time of year again for a good 'chit' chat about spuds! How do you like your potatoes? I particularly love mine mashed with a dollop of butter or roasted until crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. Yesterday I spent my lunch break down at my local market seed potato shopping, its … Continue reading A peeling potato talk
Temperatures are consistently low and frost is before us when we awake. The excitement of Spring is kicking in though; snowdrops are peaking through the soil and there is plenty we can be doing in our gardens and allotments to prepare for the gardening year ahead. I don't call them jobs like they are so often as they shouldn't … Continue reading To Do List – January
2016 is nearly coming to an end and what a year it has been. It certainly has been full of surprises in every way. I feel I have had a very successful first full year at No.27, trug loads of delicious crops, amazing opportunities and so many wonderful new friends. I hope the year also bought … Continue reading Holiday Wishes from No.27
I am very excited to announce that I am teaming up with Groseeds, 'the seed company who gives back' to giveaway over £100 worth of seeds! Groseeds is a small, young company based in N Wales with a mission to impact lives by inspiring people to engage with the natural world through gardening and in doing … Continue reading Christmas Giveaway – £105 worth of seeds!
Well Storm Angus certainly arrived overnight and left behind a grey soggy Sunday. The first Sunday in a while with nothing planned, drew back the curtains and knew instantly it was going to be an indoor kind of day. I find these days have their benefits though, a chance to visit new local places and … Continue reading Soggy Sunday Autumn Soup
Wow! It has been a year since I started my allotment journey and began Life at No.27. What a year it has been and one of the best decisions I ever made! I still remember the first day I visited the plot so vividly, I was so excited. The plot was over grown and full of … Continue reading Happy 1st Birthday No.27!
After plenty of thunder and rain yesterday, what a beautiful day we have had here in Oxfordshire. Glorious sunshine with a slight chill in the air, my perfect type of weather and one of the many reasons I love Autumn. As long as I remember Autumn has been my favourite season of the year, filled with … Continue reading Conkers and Pumpkins
I want to start by saying thank you to each and everyone of you that follows me on here, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and/or by tuning in to Drystone Radio. Your support, advice and encouragement is appreciated more than you can imagine. Not long ago you will remember I went for a mini-break away to a farm retreat to unwind … Continue reading Life at No.27 goes to print – Thank you