Garden Open Day on The New Hall Estate

Here’s another lovely event – an open day on the New Hall Estate. Being neighbours we often walk through the grounds with Cosmo – it’s beautiful! I’ve been longing to see inside the walled garden – so this weekend is my chance! 

I’m also looking forward to seeing the lovely Daniel Killeen’s exhibition of his artwork (paintings of Coast, Loch & Forest, from Shetland to New Hall) in Old Cottage on the estate.

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Botanical Treasures Exhibition July-Sept 2014

Here’s another exhibition at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic gardens that looks like it’d be worth going to see….

Botanical Treasures Exhibition

Tues 1st  July — Tues 30th Sept 2014

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This summer, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Herbarium and Library building at the Edinburgh Garden, we are publishing a beautifully illustrated new book Botanical Treasures: Objects from the Herbarium and Library of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This exhibition will highlight some of the exquisite objects from our collections, including rare books, herbarium specimens, maps and teaching diagrams Continue reading Botanical Treasures Exhibition July-Sept 2014

Giant Radishes, Rhubarb & Re-organisation!

After a long weekend away in Cornwall last week it was lovely to get the chance, and the weather, to get back in the garden!

Check out the giant radish! (it was still really peppery too)
Check out the giant radish! (it was still really peppery too)

It’s  incredible the changes in just two weeks, especially after a healthy mix of both rain & sunshine, everything is looking lush, the veggies and salad are abundant, some are even enormous – check out the giant radish (sadly, so are the weeds!).  Continue reading Giant Radishes, Rhubarb & Re-organisation!

A Good Weekend For A Shed Clear-out

Last weekend the weather was glorious so most of our time was spent out & about in it however Science did finally get round to clearing out the garden shed! (& all the spiders & bugs etc that were in there too!)

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It was full of  ‘stuff’ when we bought the place, so it was another trip to the tip but look how much space we have now! Not sure it’s enough for a bar but it’ll do for now!

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Homemade Elderflower Champagne – So Easy To Make!

Last year when we moved out to The Pentlands I was delighted to find the hedgerows bursting with Elders and have been intending on making Elderflower ‘Champagne’ – this year, armed with a friend’s tried & tested recipe, (and said friend) I finally got around to it!

Be sure to wash the elder flowers thoroughly to remove any bugs
Be sure to wash the elder flowers thoroughly to remove any bugs

It’s beyond easy to make, in fact I’ve just made a second batch (and if I can collect enough bottles before it dies down, I’ll make another too, ho hum, a genuine excuse to drink wine on a school night :o) All you need is a few elderflower heads, sugar, wine or cider vinegar, a couple of lemons (I actually used limes in my second batch for a comparison) and water! Continue reading Homemade Elderflower Champagne – So Easy To Make!