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  • Found, during my Rutland Renovation

    Found, during my Rutland Renovation

    AsI was renovating the cottage, and recently while the garden was being created, I saved lots of bits, which have now been washed and identified.  Some of my favourite pottery shards have been turned into fridge magnets, of which I’m quite proud. In the ‘parlour’ beneath the carpet and underlay, paper and tar, were two-inch thick ‘sandwich’ quarry tiles on a bed of sand and, at ‘rock bottom’ the local clay.  Many of the quarry... Continue reading

  • Landscaping the Garden part 2

    Landscaping the Garden part 2

    The team is back on site today after the wet Easter break.  Major discussions about how I want the terrace of this Rutland cottage laid out, in terms of the pattern of stone slabs, quarry tiles and gravel.  I want to recycle as many of the slabs and tiles as possible.  All these were dug out from beneath the cottage during the renovations. Together with the new gravel, I am hoping to create a suitably... Continue reading

  • After the rain: Easter in Rutland looks set fair

    After the rain: Easter in Rutland looks set fair

    Rutland was a very wet place to be on Wednesday, as was most of Britain.  But how quickly Spring bounces back.  The blackthorn is well and truly out and not much the worse for wear after its battering. The violets are still scenting the air when the sun shines fully on them, though they’re now competing with the first flowers of the ground ivy.  Ground ivy seems such a boring name for something with such... Continue reading

  • Landscaping the Garden part 1

    Landscaping the Garden part 1

    I don’t know whether I’m more excited or more scared about landscaping the garden.  Stuart (SJN Builders of Bisbrooke) and his boys are back with their toys: two mini-diggers. I’ve got so used to the garden being a fairly well-behaved wasteland (level-ish, bare-ish) all winter that seeing trenches dug, the fence ripped out and earth piled up is a bit of a shock. Typical builders though: I came home first day to find half the... Continue reading

  • Lambing time in Rutland

    Lambing time in Rutland

    If you visit Rutland at this time of year, you’ll find fields full of tiny lambs and the air full of plaintive bleats. We don’t seem to do cows, either dairy or beef, or pigs… just sheep by the tens of thousands. Most sheep lamb indoors, where the shepherd (yes, we still call them that), can help if need be. My nearest farm lambs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the end... Continue reading

  • The dog’s favourite walk

    Just come back from the dog’s favourite walk, half a mile or so outside the village, along the bridle way between Pilton and road between Morcott and North Luffenham, with a ’round the field’ loop for a bit of variety. The bridle way runs along the top of a ridge, with lovely views to North Luffenham. It’s a popular route for dog-walkers, since – other than the odd tractor – it’s traffic-free though you may... Continue reading

  • Spring, 12 days after Winter!

    How weird is the British weather? Temperature minus 9 on my driveway on 11 February with every twig, fence and garden ornament covered in hoar frost like flakes of Maldon Sea Salt. And 12 days later, today is a balmy 16 degrees and the sun is shining on Rutland! Hares are not waiting until March to go mad, as three were sparring in the field at the bottom of the hill where I live when... Continue reading

  • Rutland in the snow on Saturday

    Rutland in the snow on Saturday

    What a beautiful day it was on Saturday.   Minus 9 in the village but bright sunshine.  The frost was like great flakes of sea salt.

  • Please, Giles Coren, don’t buy a house in Rutland

    For those who buy The Times on a Saturday, or can penetrate its paywall, you may have read Giles Coren‘s ‘Eating Out’ column in the magazine on 4 February 2012.  The heading is “I’d heard Rutland was nice. Good hunting. Although I’m not sure what that means. Maybe lots of bears.” In the piece, Giles Coren reveals that he and his wife are considering buying a house in Rutland, presumably just a small multi-million pound... Continue reading

  • Nights are drawing in

    Nights are drawing in

    Finished work, as usual, at 5.30-ish and thought: it’s still sunny and dry – I’ve got time to take the dog for a proper walk, rather than round the village circuit on a lead.  So it’s up to the bridle-way in the car and along the track.  The dog is ecstatic. The shorter days are already impacting on her fun and she’s thrilled to be on her favourite route. We meet another dog walker –... Continue reading