Growing Your Own

As some of you may know, we like to grow our own fruit and veg her at Layhead, and June is usually pretty busy for us. Each year we have a plentiful supply of soft fruit from our well established black currant bushes and raspberry canes. Most years the plum tree tends to go into overdrive, providing us with a plentiful supply of sweet plums for our popular homemade plum jam. Even the old walnut tree gets in on the act later in the year so we have home grown walnuts for Christmas.

If you’ve never grown your own fruit and veg, we’d encourage you to have a go. There is nothing nicer than having fresh home grown salad as part of a summer meal. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own. Lots of modern varieties of vegetables can be grown in pots. Salad leaves are a classic example. Here are some other vegetables and herbs you can grow in containers: chives, lettuce, radishes, basil, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, peas, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach.

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Holiday Cottage Owners Don’t Just Work….

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Cherry Blossoms

Although it might be slightly late in the season to write about one of my favourite trees, some are still in bloom around the world. The Cherry Blossom is a sign that spring has arrived at last. Its beautiful flowers bring cheer to everyone’s hearts when they finally arrive, especially after a long cold winter like the one we have just had. Continue reading

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National Roast Leg of Lamb Day.

Whether it is a celebration day from across the pond or not, I think Roast Leg of Lamb Day should be a definite day of celebration in the UK. After all, roast lamb is one of THE traditional roasts you would expect to see on any menu in a good restaurant. Continue reading

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Packing with Baby

We thought we’d have a bit of fun this week and have put together an infographic showing what it’s like to pack for your holidays whilst baby is around.  Hope you enjoy it! Click on the image to get a closer look.

 

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World Book Night 23 April

Did you know that World Book Night takes place on 23 April? Books are a wonderful way to escape from the everyday life, and you’ll see we have plenty stacked up around Layhead Farm Cottages for our guests to borrow.

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read. Books are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

2018 will be the eighth World Book Night celebration.

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Spring Chicken


If you’ve been following our blog for a while now, you’ll know we love to try out different recipes and use as much local produce as possible. Here is a really easy springtime recipe for you to try without any fancy or really expensive ingredients. You may not have Parmesan cheese in your cupboard but you don’t need a huge amount to make this recipe work. Let us know how you get on if you have a go.

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