Six On Saturday 28-12-19 ‘Six Of The Best’

2019 is drawing to an end and this seems like an opportune moment to look back at (almost) a full year of the schoolhouse garden. Retrospectives and compilations are a perennial feature in newspapers at this time of year. I suspect this might be in part because they are relatively easy pieces to compile without…

Six On Saturday 21-12-19 ‘The shortest day’

Well we finally made it. The winter solstice. The shortest day. There will be six hours and fifty two minutes of daylight in Fife today. By next weekend that will have stretched out to a massive six hours and fifty five minutes. It is not much, but it is a start and for me it…

Six On Saturday 14-12-19 ‘Light in the dark’

It is been damp, overcast and brooding this week in keeping with the increasingly bleak state of our politics. So it is natural that we look for hope wherever we can find it. On a walk this morning I saw a magpie and hastily looked for a second one as if that would break the…

Six On Saturday 07-12-19

We are just two weeks out from the biggest turning point of the gardening year – the shortest day. Perhaps it is a delusion of mine, but once we get to the 22nd December it feels like the worst is over and the only way is up! This time of year can be challenging; cold,…