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Roz Cawley
Newbury, Berkshire
Anglo-Welsh countrywoman with a heart and a brain - both fully functional!
Interests: Old houses, Old books, Good food, Gardening, M.A. in Death Studies, Counsellor specialising in Bereavement and loss, facilitator of therapeutic writing courses.
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I have fallen in love with Orchard Pottery's 'Hen' series of ceramic chooks, ever since seeing them on display at Hillier's 'Art in the Garden' a few years ago. Whilst rambling round the countryside on Saturday, I am sure I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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(Click to enlarge image) Though the sun was breaking through the heavy clouds by lunchtime, there must have been quite a downpour earlier, because, as we wandered around the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum, there were signs of a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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There have been some lovely downpours over the last couple of days - it is as if the very ground itself is taking a big breath inwards and sighing 'oh, that's better!'. The grass is starting to green up again... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Out and about today, having fun on a little circular tour of the locality - disappearing down country lanes, getting myself lost, following signposts pointing to 'Parish Church' in different little villages and discovering, over and over again in each... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Aeonium 'Schwartzkopf' REAL rain this morning - enough to soak the ground (a bit) and freshen everything up - and enough to keep me indoors for just a while. Everyone that I know is offering up thanks for any downpours;... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The temperature has dropped a good 10C over the last couple of days - and last night we even had a little rain! Nevertheless, consideration is already being given here to how we can accomodate likely higher temperatures in the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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This early part of August is the time of Lammas/Lugnasadh in the Celtic calendar. The time of First Harvests - and for me, this means a gathering in of all the seed-heads that are now being produced by plants in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Sunrise Over the Veggie Patch Pumpkins making a break for it! The weather forecasters have been telling us for a couple of days that today would be the last day of intense heat for a while - so I was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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The heat has been so intense recently that I have not really ventured far from pottering in the garden over the last few weeks, but today I made an expedition - just across the road! - to one of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Attracted by my lamp light, this visitor is the result of having all the windows thrown open all the time at the moment; as darkness falls, all manner of creatures come calling. Inside and outside, the Beasts of the Night... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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It's clean-up time in the cottage - the rotating 'Forth Bridge' job of cleaning my collections…largest of which are the Blue and White items of china on the kitchen dresser and these pieces of glass - part of those that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Every year I wait for the small enchantment to happen; every year I sit by the herb garden pond and hope to see at least one dragonfly larva climb up a blade of sedge grass, emerge from the operculum in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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During long, hot days I have no great desire to stand over an equally hot cooker, conjuring up tempting feasts…but we do love good food at Autumn Cottage and this is my standby 'make it easy and keep it to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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It's August - so once again I return to 'A Month in the Country' as I have done in past years - a daily picture, a paragraph and a prompt. I hope my wanderings around the cottage and further afield... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Oh, you have already made memories to last a lifetime, Britt-Arnhild, even if you went no further than that glorious garden. But of course, I suspect that you will return... :-) Until then, bask in the beauty of Bramasole - and thank you for allowing us to do so as well!
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A quick dispatch from a very hot garden today; temperatures continue to hover in the very high 20's - though today we were at least blessed with a light breeze for a few hours, during which I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
Oh, what a fascinating place to visit! You know what has stolen my heart, of course - all those Blue and White jars! (and the ancient books!) Thank you for sharing such treasures with us, Britt-Arnhild xx
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There's been a big Orange Cloud over England for the last couple of days and I was finding it oppressive - so I decided to get away from seeing it all over the Internet and the TV screen, and out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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...we've got birds... We've got bean-plants in flower... ...but, worryingly...where are the bees? We've seen the odd Bumblebee - and Buff-tailed bee, a wasp or two and even two Hornets (we seem to get one or two Hornets every year,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Fledgeling BlueTit, Great Tit and Blackbird - all down for a sip. After several weeks of on-off illness, (Lyme disease - again!), treatment and too much enthusiastic gardening in the far too hot temperatures of the current weather, today I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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I sat last evening in the cool of the summerhouse, looking out on the pond, a glass of wine in my hand, the light filtering through the trees, birdsong abounding…everything still; particularly myself, unable to move after three days rather... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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One of the briefest posts ever made, and I know I've been quiet here - but right now it is a case of gardening like mad to catch up with time lost through the atrocious weather of the last few... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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A rather flooded veg garden So many months of cold, wet weather interspersed with freezing, dark and snowy days - I am feeling so like a snail right now - head still tucked in, trying to stay dry while the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Frozen times down at the pond...Brrr! After the combination visit of 'The Beast from the East'* and 'Storm Emma'** there is a thaw setting in - for which I am glad. I have disliked the bitter cold (-7C and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist
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Hen Pheasants The sky pewter, still full of snow, which, after a few hours respite, is falling heavily again. Swirling in the bitter wind, it's laying down another pristine blanket on top of the already soiled and compacted slush out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Autumn Cottage Diarist