December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas

A most wonderful time of the year.  Not so great when you are stood on a market stall in the snow, but with the help of my lovely mum, carol singing from the triplet nephews, the spirit of Christmas warmed us through.  A lovely day meeting customers old and new, offering advice and listening to […]

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October 28, 2017

Dark, Baltic Hitchin Market

Deepest darkest October Time to test the open market, we wake before dawn to load the cars and make our way through the darkness down to the local market for the monthly craft fair.  Pitch black and freezing, the 10 year old didn’t quite realise what she has let herself in for as the cold […]

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October 21, 2017

First Open Day

Finally time to show off our collection and wonderful auricula house to our family and friends.  Despite the cold weather and a teenage flu victim incubating inside the house, we welcomed so many of our lovely friends and family to our first open day.  It was so fantastic to chat to auricula collectors and the […]

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July 25, 2017

Our first stall

St Mary Magdalene – The friendless church Where better to have your first stall than a deserted medieval village, in the grounds of a 14th century friendless church.  The village is now home to a handful of farm cottages, a manor house and St Mary Magdalene.  Despite the rural seclusion, the torrential rain and the […]

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May 31, 2017

Pop’s Plants Farewell

Downton’s final open day Dawn is breaking as we make our way down to the Forest to help with the very last open day for Pop’s Plants.  Following the signs through the village we are directed across the cow field to the make shift car park.  All the hard work is done, just a few […]

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May 3, 2017

Building a new home

So excited to breath some life into the top of our garden and finally make it feel loved.  We are so fortunate to have a walled garden that’s over a hundred years old.  It was once Church land and along with our neighbours’ gardens, home to their orchards.  I have always felt very spiritual about […]

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April 28, 2017

It’s a family affair!

What a wonderful Spring we are having!  I always adore this time of year as the light changes, the birds are so joyful and the garden starts to unfold and reveal its colours.  But this year beats them all!  To be able to wander to the end of my beloved garden and be welcomed by […]

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February 28, 2017

Rapid growth and a move…

Exciting development, after several cold months of re-homing the off shoots we have outgrown our first home!  Enormous thanks to the lovely Vicki and Matt for letting us borrow a piece of their back garden to start the business and provide shelter from a bitter January. The polytunnel is on the move and after a […]

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January 5, 2017

Auricula Adventure Begins……

Deepest, darkest January 2017 With the poly-tunnel in situ at the bottom of a friend’s garden, Tom arrives from the Forest with the first batch of auriculas ready for re-potting.  Under cover of polythene, and wearing as many clothes as we can find we begin the first re-pot of the season!  Checking for creatures and […]

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