Thursday, April 17, 2014

Digging the vegetable patch

I think this is called making hay while the sun shines, or not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  At the end of a hard day's work landscaping around the garage and patio wall, it seemed a shame not to squeeze a bit more value out of the digger we hired, so we put it to work on our vegetable patch, with Hannah at the controls!

Marle Place

It has been a week of discovery.  This place is yet another of Kent's hidden treasures, visited for the first time just yesterday.  We were one of only a very few visitors, treated to tea on the lawn, wandering around the place as if it were our very own.  Beautiful gardens that feel lived in and loved.  What a special place.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By the seaside

Where better than a trip to the beach on a gloriously sunny day in April?  We ventured a little further afield this time, heading for Walmer instead of our usual jaunt to Camber.  And it paid off, what a stunning stretch of unspoilt coastline this is.  After a picnic on the beach, collecting pretty pebbles and flying the kite, we explored the old fishing village of Kingsdown in search of ice cream.  Despite having no sand, the beach got the thumbs up from the kids who enjoyed being burried up to their necks in pebbles.  I guess it must get a little more busy in the height of the season, but judging by today, this lovely beach would seem to be one of Kent's best kept secrets.  Shh, don't tell anyone!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mr and Mrs Barry

We have great pleasure in welcoming the newly-wed Mr and Mrs Barry to Sunnyside!  Mr Barry is having a lesson in the art of gurning.  Come on Graeme, pucker up!

Chicken love

Our feathered ladies are growing up, their combs and wattles have grown and reddened which is a sign that they are reaching maturity and will soon be ready to lay.  Darcy has already started laying beautiful pure white shelled eggs, and we are waiting expectantly for the others to follow suit.  The bets are on for the next hen to pop one out, my money is on Myrtle who has been demonstrating the submissive squat for almost a week. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014


We've been planning a new addition to the canine contingent of the family for some while, but it has all happened a bit more quickly than I had expected.  An evening's speculative searching on t'internet, followed by an exchange of text messages and then a visit this afternoon to the happy home where this little bundle was born, and suddenly Pippa has become our newest family member, or at least she will be in four weeks time when she is ready to leave her mum.  Pippa is the product of an illicit union between a Border Collie and the boy next door, a golden Labrador.  We don't yet know what we are going to do about holidays, we will need to do some work to secure the garden, and I feel a little nervous of the Labrador streak only having ever had Border Collies before...  But all of this can be overcome, and we are all very excited about the turn of events in the last 24 hours.  Welcome to the mad house Pippa Burgess!

Building progress

The retaining wall is finished and the garage base is taking shape.