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Westgate Revisited (and how to get there)

Now that Oxford’s Westgate shopping centre has been open a few months it was time to pay another visit. Actually I have visited the new Westgate several times now but last week was the first time by car. 666 more words


1st Day of Christmas 2017

On the 1st day of Christmas my true dog gave to me…

…a Georgie in a pear(less) tree!

5 essential ... trees for spring blossom

Nothing lifts flagging winter spirits like the first signs of blossom on the boughs, the clouds of pink and white that follow bringing with them the first true promise of spring and a new gardening year. 790 more words

Garden Design


I look out the picture window beside my computer. It’s a pear tree that’s been dead for several years.

I just leave itĀ for the birds. 57 more words


The Pear Tree

When I was thirteen, my sister called me and said that she had something to tell me.

She had recently found someone to haul the old trailer off of the property at our cottage on Lake Erie. 864 more words


What a difference a year makes...part one

It is now just over a year since we moved into the cottage and so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what we’ve managed to achieve in a year. 748 more words

Life In The Countryside