How can we possibly be in March already? The heating has been rather challenging since I moved in and by process of elimination I have discovered that one reason it that I loose 90% of my heating up the open chimney. My neighbour kindly introduced me to http://www.chimneysheep.co.uk/ and I thought it only fair to share this discovery. Sally Phillips has cleverly created an amazing thick blanket from excess wool from her local farmers in the Lake District. The idea is that you push it up the fireplace and thereby prevent 90% of your heating being lost, genius! It really has worked and I love it. Sally started up this business last October and I can’t recommend it enough, it’s an absolute joy to at least retain the heating now! Just need to figure out why the kitchen resembles a freezer now!
It doesn’t seem like yesterday since that magical snowfall back in January, it must be down to the weather in fact I think winter has been freeze framed! With the sun teasing us every so often, it gives us hope that spring is just around the corner. It’s been a busy month or so at Hawthorn Cottage, ideas for the garden are developing and hope of a beautiful little potager are slowly coming together. I marked out the plan on the grass and have begun to dig, weather permitting, I can bear the drizzle but it’s the cold that eventually makes me turn tail to busy myself in the house.
I attempted to spread the creativity and tried my hand at bread making, which is enormously fulfilling and indeed filling! The smell that enveloped my kitchen during cooking was divine, though when it came out the oven I had to put my hat on and head outdoors, the temptation to break into my fresh hot loaf was all too much, it was a long 60 minutes! This led me to seek out one of the finest flour mills in England which is rather wonderfully on my doorstep. I’m now very excited to be in the planning stage of a photo shoot there in spring, the kitchen garden there is rather wonderful too, I’m inspired just thinking about it.
Various creatures have been disturbed during my digging, mostly those little white larvae, but I did come across a lovely beetle who could barely move, still in his hibernation mode I must have woken him from his winter slumber. I returned him somewhere well away from my unforgiving spade. I have what I think is a little cabbage white chrysalis on my shed door, no doubt I’ll miss her unfolding her wings, but I hope to see her flitting around in the summer in the potager (with any luck!). I have no doubt her children will munch their way through all my hard work this year!
The snowdrops are nearly over now and the daffodils have started to emerge with their bright hopeful heads nodding around the perimeter of the garden, it’s the tulips I can’t wait to see.
What will March bring I wonder?