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A Stroll Through the Vineyards at Wyken

There’s somewhere special that I would like to take you. Wyken Vineyards is one of our favorite spots, and I have the pleasure of doing regular photography for this beautiful property, which includes extensive gardens, a restaurant, a farm, and a vineyard.  I heard that the grape harvest starts this week, so I had to […]

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Life in England

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Top 10 Things to Forage in Autumn

Today I’m excited to share a great guest post from a local foraging expert. I have been enjoying following Matt’s instagram feed, and love that I can tag him in a picture and ask for his help in identifying a plant or fungus while out foraging. This is a wonderful time of year to get […]

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Foraging

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Quick & Easy Plum Wine

If you could describe the essence of this summer for you, what would it look like?  For me this year, it’s drinking plum wine at the beach. We picked some wild plums last month, and quickly turned them into an easy wine.  And on every sunny evening available to us, we have been packing up […]

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Homebrewing

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A Sunday Ramble in Pin Mill

One of my favorite things about living in England is the ease of finding interesting, natural places to visit– and with great walking paths built in.  A place that my family goes back to again and again is Pin Mill.  Pin Mill is a hamlet on the banks of the River Orr, and has a […]

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Life in England

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Camping at Home– A Fun & Easy Family Adventure

We had a fun family adventure this weekend.  We went camping! And it was so easy, free and fun– no packing, no hauling anything, no hassle.  Because we went camping at home.  Yes, this might be considered cheating by camping enthusiasts, but I think it’s just a great thing to do as a family. We […]

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Family

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“How I Go to the Woods” by Mary Oliver

Today, I just want to share a poem I love, and some photos to go with it.  I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, and feel that she expresses so much of what I feel and think about the world.  If I was only writing this blog to myself, I would probably post one of her poems […]

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Health

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Harvesting Pine Pollen– How & Why

We spent Saturday afternoon harvesting pine pollen.  I know, you’re probably wondering why we would do that!  The idea had never crossed my mind, until a recent email conversation with a reader in Oregon.  We were talking about wild foods, and she said that she and her husband were going to be harvesting pine pollen.  […]

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Foraging

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A Foraging Walk in April

Have you ever found a new place in your area and liked it so much that you had to go back again the very next day?  That’s exactly what happened to us this weekend.  We wanted to find a new place to go for a foraging walk, and Jeff had a place in mind that […]

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Foraging