Thursday 31 December 2015

This has been a truly great year and I can’t believe we’re on the cusp of a new one. Don’t get me wrong, the last twelve months have had their fair share of ups, downs and mega downs, but looking back … Continue reading →

Sunday 24 May 2015

Ok. So I’m a neurotic dog owner. I never thought I would be, but I love him so much and there it is. I had planned a great post for today, all glitzy and shiny.  We’ve been housetraining Brinks all week and we were starting to feel a bit smug about his success. ‘We must […]

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Wednesday 20 May 2015

I have decided to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic plant as it has totally won me over with its resilient nature, beautiful soft-looking foliage and vibrant flowers. This particular salvia was bought for me as a present and at the time, I didn’t have a suitable place in the flowerbeds in order to show it […]

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Sunday 17 May 2015

‘Of course I’ll be able to blog when we get the puppy,’ I thought. Surely there would be breaks when I could take pictures, edit them, write something and get all the social media synched up at the same time? A doddle. Thank you to all of you doggy people who are now chuckling at my […]

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Wednesday 06 May 2015

The final countdown has begun. The Hound of the Finca will soon be upon us and it’s time to make things cosy.  We’ve decided to go with a crate option for his initial bed, mainly as a retreat away from the cat if he decides to get a little too friendly. Hmm. We’ve put in some […]

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Sunday 03 May 2015

Our new arrival is only a week away and we’ve been making some dramatic preparations.  In amongst the raindrops, we have been trying to grab every possible moment outside in order to puppy proof the garden. I am now best friends with the drill, saw and the all important bit of string tied to two […]

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Wednesday 29 April 2015

I’m caught between two extreme emotions. On one side, I am filled with excitement, joy and feel like whooping and on the other, I am suddenly feeling rather daunted by the enormity of the task ahead. Yes, the Finca will be expanding… and I think it’ll shake us up in the best way imaginable. Except […]

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Sunday 26 April 2015

When the sun is out, there’s nothing quite like a waterside setting to make you feel relaxed and on holiday. We toyed with the idea of loading up the little old car ‘Rusty’ and heading on down to the coast, with the nervous anticipation of whether or not we would actually make it up the […]

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Unless you have had a bit of experience, are particularly green-fingered or have a very relaxed attitude, choosing a houseplant for a particular situation in the home can seem like a daunting task. ‘Will it get enough light?’ ‘Do I have to care for it a lot?’ ‘Will it actually do something?’ These are questions I often get posed […]

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Sunday 19 April 2015

I know I get to have lots of treats and fun times being the author of The Dorset Finca, but this was an especially fantastic treat! This week, I was welcomed into the studio of Nina Parker who is the creative genius behind Working Glass Jewellery. Not only was I supplied with a cup of […]

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Wednesday 15 April 2015

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all wistfully looking at the snowdrops and daffodils, imagining what spring would actually be like when it finally arrived.  Well the last few weeks have been more resemblant of early summer, here in Dorset, rather than spring… but as the sun is shining and the weather […]

Sunday 12 April 2015

This delicious little Dorset morsel was recommended to me a few weeks ago by a friend. Even the name ‘Culpepper’s Dish’ sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? The dish is located just outside the village of Briantspuddle, which is easily found off the dual carriage way leading into Dorchester. Those of you who (like me) enjoy information […]

Wednesday 08 April 2015

Ok, so the warm weather arrived this week and if you’re anything like me, you had a vision of mediterranean salads with fresh herbs and large dollops of cool mozzarella. In the excitement, you may have bought fresh pots of herbs from the supermarket to line your kitchen windowsill and stood back to bask in the loveliness. […]

Sunday 05 April 2015

  … lone sparrow … A huge and chocolate-filled Happy Easter to you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to. For us, it’s a great opportunity to mend the roof (yes, really) and start on a new garden project.  Fingers crossed that the weather will be a little calmer than it […]

Wednesday 01 April 2015

I’ll tell you how this post came about, as it wasn’t planned at all… but I’m so pleased that it materialised in my head because it has really given the Finca a much-needed Eastery lift! I had planned to take photos of the beautiful willow with its fluffy catkins and talk about how incredible that a […]

Sunday 29 March 2015

… a section of the original manor house … Our discovery of Fiddleford Manor was a complete, unexpected pleasure! How did I never know of its existence? I have probably driven past its little, lane entrance about a squillion times and never investigated further. What I loved most, at first sight, was the massive, free car park. […]

Wednesday 25 March 2015

… freshly baked … It felt like a baking kind of a day yesterday and it didn’t take long for the cry of ‘ooh macaroons’ to confirm what I was to make. I had planned to spend a morning, perusing my beautiful new recipe book The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home, over a cup of tea. I […]

Sunday 22 March 2015

 … my first anemone flower of the year … With the clocks soon to go forward and as the days get longer, it really is making me believe that we are shaking off the winter and heading full on into spring. However, it isn’t really spring yet and I need to be careful not to […]

Wednesday 18 March 2015

… newly planted primroses on the bank … You’ll remember from this post a few weeks back that we are in the process of creating a wild flower bank at the front of the house.  The bank already exists, just incase your mind conjures up visions of diggers and mounds of earth (in Mr D-F’s dreams). We […]

Sunday 15 March 2015

… the tide going out at Kimmeridge Bay … ‘Where’s Kimmeridge?” Mr D-F asked a while back. I was so astonished that anyone in Dorset and the surrounding counties could possibly not be aware of the existence of this very cool spot. It was decided then that Kimmeridge would be our next mission out and luckily the […]

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