Wild Garlic

We love exploring the woods near Appleton at this time of year. Just 10 minutes’ walk from us, every day during spring reveals something new flowering on the woodland floor. Before the leaves begin to appear on the trees, and the leaf canopy fills, it’s a wonderful...

Winter Wonderland

We have to admit that we love it when it snows here. It feels quite magical and gives a different perspective on our favourite walks. The snow this week was the most we’ve had for some time and combined with bright blue skies and sunshine, it reminded us of skiing...

Lastingham circular walk

Lockdown has made us appreciate even more the walks that are on our doorstep. This week, whilst the USA was in turmoil, and our next 4 weeks of lockdown were imminent, we escaped to another great walk we’ve recently reacquainted ourselves with. It starts from...

Bramble Foraging

Autumn is the time for foraging, and we’ve recently turned our attention to the brambles which are appearing in all the hedgerows near the Long Barn. They will keep ripening for some time yet, so it’s worth picking them if you find them, and keep an eye open for when...

Top 5 Coast Trips

We are just 25 miles from the beautiful heritage coastline, and we love visiting it. From picturesque fishing villages, cliff top walks to sandy beaches, there is so much to do and explore. Here are our top 5 things to do (which could so easily have been our top...

Sloe gin and other treats

Sloe Gin and other treats We’ve been staking out where the best sloes are for several weeks; luckily some of the best ones have been in the hedgerows surrounding the chicken run. When the berries have a bloom on them (in bright sunshine they look almost metallic...