These Springlike Winter days.

25 Nov



Just a month to Christmas and the Winter Solstice and the weather is just amazing. The misty mornings open out to nice mild days…ideal for working out of doors. It gets cold and dark early but then it is meant to be Winter!



Periwinkle is still blooming in sheltered spots.

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We have been busy with various outdoor jobs. Mulching to clear the beds for planting anew next Spring is ongoing.

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Lots of cardboard covered with ample amounts of mushroom compost should clear the ground nicely.


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This might seem like a very thick mulch but the compost settles a lot. By Spring this will be ideal for planting into…nice black heat retaining compost…hopefully weed excluding too!



Andy has been busy coppicing the boundary hedges. They had’nt been cut for years so were long and gangly and bare at the bottom. We will interplant with more plants to make a good thick hedge here. The lower height allows us to borrow from the landscape of the Ash forest behind.



All the plants in the hedgerow are Ash and Hawthorn…both suitable for burning green. They both burn very hot too. Andy has been chopping it all into fire sized logs on his new log splitter. He insists on making those funny faces…beyond my control!!  In the shed behind you can see the new shredder.



This will be used to turn this lot into mulch for beds and for making pathways.  There’s still about another hundred feet of hedging to be done so lots to keep us busy for some time.



After a day’s work it’s nice to retreat to the cosiness of the kitchen where the stove is kept ticking over all day. The kettle is always full and on the point of boiling for cuppas for ourselves and anyone who may drop in. Visitors are always a good excuse to retreat into the warmth of the house.

Looking forward to many more of these Spring like Winter days…they may make for a very short Winter. Fingers crossed!


24 Responses to “These Springlike Winter days.”

  1. Prantheman November 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Really nice project, love it well done. Love your writing too Braja. Take care guys xx

    • bridget November 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks Prabhu…hope all is going well for you too.

  2. Lindy Joy November 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Your place is so lovely! Love your stove, the woods, even your blue clogs! haha! Wish I could pop over for a cuppa and have a good chat! I can but dream! I live in the city of Exeter and the closest I can get to idyllic in the personal sense is my allotment! But I shall make it a little bit of heaven! Exeter, Devon, Dartmoor is a beautiful part of the world so I am content! I love nature. I love organic and I love making something out of nothing, and I love many other unmentioned things. I am just good ol happy! Just ordered some Bocking 14 comfrey to plant so I don’t have to do the manure thingy and even that makes me happy!

    • bridget November 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Being happy and loving what you do is such a rare thing nowadays. Revel in the joy of it.

  3. Ferris Jay November 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Hi Bridget, Lovely to see how the garden is progressing. We really MUST get over to make use of the ever boiling kettle and great company s0on (we’ve no excuse living only a few miles away).

    I’ll agree about the mild weather, I was even out myself today doing some weeding and making plans for sorting out our vegetable beds over the winter (making edgings etc), ah these mild days make me giddly like that. Give me a few sharp frosts and the plans may retire until Spring 😉

    • bridget November 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      You are both welcome anytime. You will notice a fair few changes since you were here. The weather is just fantastic…long may it last.

  4. june November 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    What Lindy Joy said! Your place is just so, so lovely, Bridget.I agree, Lindy. 🙂

    I have so much to learn from and am so inspired by all you and Andy do, Bridget. Your home – both outside and inside – look so beautiful, so welcoming, so in connection with the natural beauty that surrounds you and your beautiful and blissfully serene homestead. Oh, how I would love a stove like the one you’ve got. Our house needs one of those, desperately. I love the way the sunlight pours into your kitchen. 🙂

    Yes, it certainly has been glorious these past couple of days, weather-wise. Very springlike, and I love it. I’m hoping for a short but not too bone-chilling winter

    Thanks for sharing these photos, Bridget. Beautiful.

    • bridget November 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Hi June! As usual thank you for your usual complimentary words of kindness. We are very happy with the stove…great for cooking in too. See you in Manorhamilton on Sunday. xx

      • june November 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

        Ahh…brilliant that you’re going to be setting up a stall at the Manorhamilton Christmas fair, too. I’ve heard (from Reiner and Doris) that it’s an excellent one. And Manorhamilton has a lovely energy and real community feel about it.

  5. Donna@Gardens Eye View November 26, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Would have loved some spring like weather…alas it is winter weather we have with snow and bitter cold.

    • bridget November 26, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      I’m sure we will get our quota of that in time but for now it’s so nice to be able to continue gardening at this time of year.

  6. Anne Wilson November 26, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    Boy, have you been busy, where do you get all that energy from? I’m not too sure if this spring like weather is good or bad, I found Crocus bulbs showing their tops today, I just hope they don’t suffer if we get a hard frost.

    • bridget November 26, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      I suppose this weather is a bit confusing for Nature but the idea of a short sharp Winter really appeals to me. The New Zealand weather forecaster is giving us snow for end of February.

  7. Mizz Winkens November 26, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Bridget your garden is coming together beautifully! I am encouraged to get out in the open today and do some serious cardboard & compost combining. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • bridget November 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      Really works and improves the soil too.

  8. Sarah November 26, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    You’ll be all set with plenty of logs for the fire when the weather does turn wintery cold. The freshly cleared and mulched bed looks good – what are you planning to plant it with in the spring?

    • bridget November 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Possibly herbs and bulbs. Hopefully the mulch will kill off the grasses etc that were here.

  9. Jane November 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    I am so envious of your long growing season. Everything here is tucked up under a blanket of snow already. It’s all looking great at your place,Bridget!
    Jane x

  10. Willowarchway November 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Just talking to my sis in the UK and she was saying how cold they were and here we are in t shirts, as is Andy in your photo…… along with funny face !!! LOL

    • bridget November 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

      Gotta love them funny faces. Just lovin this weather…long may it continue.

  11. thelondonflowerlover December 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    what a gorgeous photo

  12. Head Farm Steward December 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    You put up such lovely pictures! And then there’s the one of the guy making a face…lol.

    I am envious of your mulch. I need to get busy.

  13. charlieeasterfield November 25, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Did I miss this post last year? Such a year of changes! Oh, for some crisp, bright days this winter…envious of your m ushroom compost…where from? xxx

    • bridget January 2, 2016 at 1:03 am #

      Used to be from the mushroom business in Keadue Charlie. Sadly it is no longer there.

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