Month: May 2015

Bert’s Barrow – Love Farm Shop

You know how I crave locally sourced food – I’ve just discovered a whole barrow of it at a super farm shop, in the delightful North Yorkshire countryside. Bert’s Barrow, near Hillam, North Yorkshire Started up by Marlene and Ian (Bert) Thompson with a cart at the side of the road and an honesty box, they sold locally sourced seasonal vegetables in aid of the village defibrillator fund. Now a new farm shop is tucked into an original barn with hens roaming outside in the area where you can sit and enjoy an ice cream. The family, Charlotte Wells Thompson and Jason Thompson are now developing the farm shop and a veg box delivery service with plans passed for a tea room…Whoop!! The welcome on entering the shop is warm and friendly, and inside the door sits Bert’s original cart. It is piled up with tempting locally sourced food products and at the rear of the shop is a mouth-watering display of seasonal fruit and vegetables. You just know that produce available in farm shops is …

May in the Garden

May – Summer’s on its way May is a month for hedonists because it’s full of fresh foliage and buds galore waiting to burst into life. It’s the month when the garden takes off at a high-octane pace, after what seems like an eternity of revving up on the starting grid. In My Garden Finally my tulips, daffodils in pots and bluebells burst through. The lupin foliage has appeared along with the greenery of my agapanthus and peony. A Clematis Montana that I planted last autumn has started to flower, together with a pretty blue Aquilegia Vulgaris (Columbine), ferns are unfurling, a variegated Acer is billowing in the breeze, maybe the ‘goose’ is in need of a coat of ‘grey’, and the little ‘cairn’ of stones collected from Walney Island beach remind me of a special place I need to revisit soon. I really love this time of year when there’s so much promise for the flowering season ahead. In Your Garden A few bits to be getting on with in May. Keep an eye …