Hello, and welcome to my blog…

I’m a freelance writer and editor in my everyday working life, specializing in non-fiction (especially food). I’m also addicted to a) gardening, often in the face of repeated disasters not unconnected to being on a windy Welsh hillside not far from the sea,* and b) almost any yarn-based craft known to man, woman or sheep. I have a knitting and spinning blog as well – which covers all sorts of related witterings, from archaeology to colour – at woolwinding.wordpress. All visitors welcome!


* But I can grow beans. Lots of beans. It’s just as well I like them.

NB: text and images are both subject to copyright – thanks!


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Hanni says:

    Nice to meet you! 🙂 Now I’d really like to see what types of crafts a sheep can turn out…bahaha…and glad you appreciate the wonder of growing (and eating) beans!

    1. kate says:

      Nice to meet you too…

      I think sheep would do baaasketry, myself… (I must have been talking to too many five-year olds!).

  2. Autumn Belle says:

    Congratulations on the start of your gardening blog! I found you via Blotanical. Wishing you lots of beautiful memories here.

    1. kate says:

      Thanks – all this blogging is really, really making me change how I think about the garden. Interesting…

  3. hillwards says:

    Hello, fellow windy-in-Wales gardener (as it were). Found you through Laura (Patio Patch)’s recommendation on her latest post, although I do intermittently do blotanical too. We’re re-establishing a small garden on a windy spot a couple of miles from the coast too. Look forward to reading more about your garden!

    1. kate says:

      Hiya! Love your blog – and your deep pink aquilegia. Very envious. Will speak to mine firmly (they’re supposed to be that colour).

      Good luck with your wind – our storms are appalling (50-60 mph or thereabouts, eeek – but the bamboo holds), so I hope they’re not heading your way…

  4. alderandash says:

    Hello! I garden on a windy Suffolk hillside (or what passes for a hill in Suffolk), about 20 miles from the sea. Love the name beangenie, made me laugh!

    1. kate says:

      Hello too! Sounds as though you might have the same problems with wind and maybe with sea air (boy, does it carry).

      I chose ‘beangenie’ because the one thing I could be guaranteed to grow in this garden was beans – I can’t even do courgettes very well. Of course the next two years produced terrible bean crops. I think that’s what you call hubris. Hm.

      1. alderandash says:

        We’re a bit far inland for sea air, but boy can the wind blow! I had terrible bean crops last year – as did my mum in law who has been growing most of her own veg for 40 years, so we’re not alone. I do like ‘beangenie’ – now I can’t get the Bowie song Jean Genie out of my head!!

        1. kate says:

          No! Now I’ve got that earworm going too!!! Agh!

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