The medicine chest of the past - essences and tinctures of herbs and flowers.

Syrup of rhubarb and other cures

Those who visit my stand at fairs will know that I like to include vintage bottles in my displays. I like the shapes, the uneven, cloudy glass and the different colours and textures (vivid greens and blues with a ridged edge for poisons). Most of all, I like the chemists’ dispensing bottles with their intriguing […]

Lichen gathered in a marble bowl

Natural finds

Bleached wood, worn stone, pebbles polished by the changing tides,  feathers, shells, pine cones and even lichen covered twigs can all be displayed to great effect, particularly on the broken surfaces of marble and original paint.


The midnight clear

All right, this is not about home – other than to express my gratitude for having one as another midnight passes into Christmas Day. My favourite carol is “It came upon a midnight clear”, unique among carols of its time in that it does not mention the birth of Jesus. Indeed it was written as […]

Large etched storm lantern with candle

Let there be light

I have been working at home this week and feeling keenly the lack of light, the days getting shorter and darker. Having unpacked and sorted out my unit after the Midwinter Fair last week I decided to take a couple of my large glass lanterns home. I put two of the white pillar candles I […]



My car is filled to the roof with over 200 glorious hydrangea heads, their stems stripped of leaves, ready to take to the Country Living Fair this week. This afternoon my husband pruned the Virginia creeper so that I can take the stems to the fair and twist them into a wreath base for my […]



It is time to plant bulbs. Time also for the annual argument about the best planting method. I prefer to choose an area, dig it out to the required depth, scatter the bulbs, fix them in the soil and cover them up, planting out my wallflowers, hesperis and mysotis as I go. He prefers to […]