We've given Newton Cottage a lick of paint so it looks all fresh and lovely, with smart blue doors. The chickens are most approving.
It's a gorgeous spring day here at Katie's Border Cottages and I've been sprucing up the cottage gardens ready for guests. Patios have been power washed, grass cut, garden furniture hauled from the sheds and pots planted up for some Summer colour.
On a frosty morning, I put a kettle of warm water into the bird baths. I'm barely back into the house when the sparrows jump in and splash around in their birdy hot tub.
The anticipation is killing me. Every couple of days I take these jars out of their dark hidey hole and give them a good shake. My efforts should be rewarded by delicious, fruity sloe gin just in time for Christmas.
What do you do with a glut of green tomatoes?
We've had the most fantastic weather this Autumn, with surprisingly warm days, lots of sunshine and beautiful clear nights. The first little dusting of frost this morning.
It's a Friday afternoon in August and I'm reflecting on the Summer so far at Katie's Border Cottages.