Dove Cottage Garden

In June this year (2015) I moved from my four bedroomed, modern detached house, home for 16 years, to a three bedroomed cottage in a small village in Cheshire. I have dreamed for most of my adult life of a home in the countryside and after many false starts I finally managed to fulfil my dream. The new house is called Dove Cottage and is, in fact, a good, solid, three bedroomed house with small front and back gardens, there is […]



Our Allotment

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. August 2015 The 2015 Flower and Vegetable Show took place at the Allotments this weekend and we won nine first prizes and a second prize: July 2015 I can’t believe that it has been a year since my last post but we have been busy at the allotment. Last year’s harvests were not as good as we had hoped so once everything had been harvested Allan took […]

Why should you feed the birds during the winter?

Over recent years there has been a decline in the number of hedgerows in our countryside leading to a shortage of berry laden trees and shrubs which are a vital source of nutrition for native garden birds during the autumn and winter months. Shrubs and trees such as Rowan, Cotoneaster, Pyracantha, Hawthorn, and Yew provide a marvellous source of winter food for the birds but sadly there just aren’t enough to go round so take some time this weekend to visit your local […]



An Interactive Guide to Bird Migration

As the winter months draw in each year, you’ll undoubtedly soon start to see a decline in the number of birds you see in your garden as they migrate in search of warmer climes. Whilst this is a disappointment for most bird and garden lovers, it is of course imperative to their survival – but have you ever actually considered where and how far some of your favourite garden birds travel? Fortunately the team at Vine House Farm have created […]

Are you Looking for a quieter Lawnmower?

One of the most distinctive sounds of summer is the loud roar of a neighbour’s petrol lawnmower being started on a Sunday morning. Thanks to new powered gardening equipment range, EGO Power+, noise disturbances when mowing the lawn are a thing of the past. The EGO lawnmower whispers in at 83 decibels*. To put this in perspective, a food blender is 86 decibels whilst a petrol lawnmower is said to be 106 decibels – just 3db more than an aeroplane […]


The Ultimate BBQ Guide

How good are you with a BBQ? Every summer we break out our good old barbecue hoping to claim the cooking crown. But not everyone knows exactly how to use one.

Many of us have seen a super burnt sausage in our time, even a few burger casualties. That’s why I have a secret weapon, something to save all the meat from my terrible grilling abilities.