The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!

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16 November 2015

Making the best of the dark evenings!


All the hard work splitting, lugging, stacking and seasoning logs is just beginning to pay off. 

November 14th and we lit the log burner for the first time this autumn. This year, we're much later than usual as it's been so unusually mild. Actually the logs we are burning now are the result of summer work in 2014 as we season them for 12 months to ensure they have dried out and burn more efficiently.  

Even though it's been a bad year for chestnuts in the U.K., we found some at the local farm shop yesterday so, no prizes for guessing what we'll be roasting! I'd say that we gardeners are very aware of the changing seasons and, as much as I love the freshness of spring and the long summer evenings, there's absolutely nothing cosier than a log fire, flickering candles, the scent of wood smoke with roasting chestnuts.

 Did I forget to mention a G&T???

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