The Journal

A collection of posts on gardening, herbalism, slow parenting and nature connection.

Growing Cucumbers

Growing Cucumbers

Homegrown cucumbers are a taste sensation in contrast with their supermarket counterparts and well worth growing at home. There are many varieties of cucumber to chose from but my favourite is the Burpless Tasty Green which is suited to growing in a polytunnel,...

How to Create a Summer Basket for Children-Nature Kids Series

How to Create a Summer Basket for Children-Nature Kids Series

I often mark the start of the season or a main celebration with a seasonal basket. This is a great way of getting children really excited about a certain time of year and also teaching them about the seasons. You can be really frugal with this idea and really not...

How to Make Herbal Waters & Iced Herbal Teas

How to Make Herbal Waters & Iced Herbal Teas

A cornerstone recipe of summer is cool or iced herbal teas. This is simply a herbal tea that has been cooled down in the fridge and then had some ice added. Easy. This follows the same technique as brewing herbal infusions (I have a whole podcast episode dedicated to...

How to Make Sun Tea

How to Make Sun Tea

The days around summer solstice can also be a wonderful time to gather and harvest herbs for herbal preparations. Certain herbs like lemon balm, mint, rose, sun like calendula, St John’s wort and elderflower should be looking at their best right now and are perfect...

Creating a Summer Nature Table-Nature Kids Series

Creating a Summer Nature Table-Nature Kids Series

While I do enjoy crafting with my children I find the best things are from nature and together we gather natural items found on our daily walks to decorate our cottage with and also to add to our seasonal nature table. A nature table is just what sounds like, a small...

Honey cake Recipe

Honey cake Recipe

Despite the warming days I still love to bake in summer, and my seasonal cake recipe for this month is a summer honey cake-a celebration of the busy bees, the golden hues and the sweetest of the month. Honey Cake Recipe 300g gf self rasing flour 3 eggs 100g dark...

Nature Connection Club

From monthly online gatherings where we create herbal remedies, to celebratory recipes, herbal tea mediations and hand crafted infusions the Nature Connection Club helps to gather us together, crafting rituals and slow living principles that can be woven into our lives, enriching the everyday.