Bali Buying Trip

Loved these Mandalas made from flowers and leaves, placed on the pavements everyday.

Loved these Mandalas made from flowers and leaves, placed on the pavements everyday.

Taking in the lushness of Bali, shortly after arriving. Here I am overlooking the Paddy Fields in Ubud.

Taking in the lushness of Bali, shortly after arriving. Here I am overlooking the Paddy Fields in Ubud.

The View from this Yoga Platform was almost unreal.

The View from this Yoga Platform was almost unreal.

Finding Local Handicrafts, in this case some handmade animal dolls made from recycled materials by a fair trade womens initiate in the local village.

Finding Local Handicrafts, in this case some handmade animal dolls made from recycled materials by a fair trade womens initiate in the local village.

I love these dolls, they are such characters and I had to bring some back for the shop, the difficulty was deciding which one's!

I love these dolls, they are such characters and I had to bring some back for the shop, the difficulty was deciding which one’s!  These are now available online click here

Best way to travel when out shopping around Ubud.

Best way to travel when out shopping around Ubud.

These feathers are hand carved using Cow & Buffalo Bone, some are made using Fossilised Mammoth bone.

These feathers are hand carved using Cow & Buffalo Bone, some are made using Fossilised Mammoth bone. Click here to view these on our online shop

A Wing carved in Fossilized Mammouth bone.

A Wing carved in Fossilized Mammouth bone.

These Tree Angels are carved from Old Tree Roots, perfect for the Garden I thought.

These Tree Angels are carved from Old Tree Roots, perfect for the Garden I thought, also available online shop here

Also for the Garden and now in store were these Driftwood Bird Boxes….so cute and all recycled!

Also for the Garden and now in store were these Driftwood Bird Boxes….so cute and all recycled! View them on here

Time out at the Water Temple was an experience I will treasure, her I am am working my way down the water urns with Prayers & Blessings and huge carp swimming around my feet.

Time out at the Water Temple was an experience I will treasure, here I am working my way down the water urns with Prayers & Blessings and huge carp swimming around my feet.

In The Pink

Forced Rhubarb is something to celebrate in May.

Forced Rhubarb is something to celebrate in May.

Pushing up the terracotta lid of the forcer.

Pushing up the terracotta lid of the forcer.

My Vintage forcer bought on Ebay last Autumn gets put to good use.

My Vintage forcer bought on Ebay last Autumn gets put to good use.

Like hidden treasure, the  tender pink stems are revealed.

Like hidden treasure, the tender pink stems are revealed.

So beautiful, I have to admire before I pick.

So beautiful, I have to admire before I pick.

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Harvest by gently pulling with a twist at the base of each stalk.

Harvest by gently pulling with a twist at the base of each stalk.

Baked lightly in the oven until tender and served with Yoghurt I find it sweet enough on its own without adding sugar.

Baked lightly in the oven until tender and served with Yoghurt I find it sweet enough on its own without adding sugar.

Hellebores

My all time garden favourite The hellebore. Woodland plants that like dappled shade and humus rich soil.

My all time garden favourite The hellebore. Woodland plants that like dappled shade and humus rich soil.

I grow hellebores in raised Oak sleeper beds that frame the front garden.

I grow hellebores in raised Oak sleeper beds that frame the front garden.

Hellebores require little maintenance and last for many years, I cut back last years leaves in the spring which makes more room for the flowers and new leaf growth.

Hellebores require little maintenance and last for many years, I cut back last years leaves in the spring which makes more room for the flowers and new leaf growth.

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Floating the flowers in a bowl allows you to really enjoy the flowers at the table, generally when its still too cold to spend a lot of time admiring them outside.

Floating the flowers in a bowl allows you to really enjoy the flowers at the table, generally when its still too cold to spend a lot of time admiring them outside.

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Couldn't resist getting the macro lens out for this beauty.

I couldn’t resist getting the macro lens out for this beauty.

The Sap is rising

Having arrived in Sussex with a nasty head cold this week I felt pretty run down, the sun was out and the garden beckoned louder than my bed so I looked to nature for a pick me up. My Swedish friend Frieda suggested drinking Birch Sap.

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By cutting a small branch and attaching the bottle you can collect about a third of a bottle a day.
The traditional health benefits of birch sap and its efficient removal of toxic substances from the liver and kidneys have been known and appreciated in Europe since the XII century.

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The sap is a pure natural living water which flows through the birch tree in spring and is capable of targeting the body’s two major cleansing and purification systems at the same time. This health elixir is 100% natural and every component performs an important beneficial function in the human body.

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The sap in the pure state is a slightly sweet, thin syrupy-watery liquid which is a pleasure to drink. Two days on and I feel so much better and glad I have found an even tastier alternative to the expensive coconut water which I love so much. Enjoy.

Easter Eggs

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Collecting Eggs from my own chickens in the garden is a luxury that still makes my heart sing and does not show any signs of wearing off.

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With 12 hens and a Cockerel called Oscar we never go short of eggs and I have just started to sell our excess at the front gate.

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Despite having had a shop for many years I still get a thrill to find money in the jar, maybe its the whole trust thing, I just love the local community feel to it.

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Oliver our resident Wolf helps keep the fox away during the daytime, allowing the girls to free range in 1 acre, although the vegetable beds do need protection from them at this time of the year as the young growth is now beginning to emerge.

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