A Castle in the Sky

In March 2013, after years of talking about it we eventually sell up and move out of the city with our 2 year old, Gracie. We both grew up in the countryside and this is what we want for our daughter. So we swap a 2 bed flat in London for a small country pile on the west coast of Scotland that needs a lot of work. I've done a bit of interior design and my partner, Ed has a good knowledge of the outdoors – but we're on a tight budget and we've both got a lot to learn. It's a life time's project and this is a record of our adventure…

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Signs of spring (Apr 27)

The swallows are back.   Gracie and I see one sitting on the telephone wire outside the kitchen. Last spring we discovered one of their nests in a corner of the ceiling above the wood store.

Just as the flowers take turns to bloom, the return of the swallows marks the change in the season.    There’s something very reassuring about experiencing life this way – and it’s also a little poignant.

As I re-learn the names of leaves and flowers and birds, Gracie is learning too – and as she gets older all this knowledge will become second nature.   This is something we’d hoped for when we  imagined a life in the country.   The swallows’ return is a sign that we are settling in.


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Snowdrop splitting (Jan 20)



My nephew Jake and his mate Tom are here for a few days so Ed’s got them to work in the gardens.   They’re snow drop splitting; taking established clumps, splitting them in 2 and replanting to make more.     They split around a hundred today to cover the bank under the sycamore tree in the paddock.   One of the many banks of snow-drops we hope to create.