The original idea for this blog was as a forum for the watercolour sketches and drawings I appear to be obsessed with producing since going on a botanical painting weekend 18 months ago. ( I envisaged it a little bit like a modern version of Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”.) I also hope, that apart from giving people the occasional “giggle”, this journal and my observations will engage people with the countryside, plants, animals and rural way of life that’s so important to me, and which, I feel, has become so distanced from our modern urban society. So much knowledge of basic, what I would have to term as ” survival skills”, have been diluted and no longer feature in the modern way of life. Nor do we seem to have the time “to stand and stare” and truly observe, appreciate and try to understand the natural world around us.
The author, whose farming lineage can be traced back to the 14th century in the Cotswolds, currently lives on a small holding in the Welsh borders with her husband, horse and animals.