Product review: Hayloft Plants

I was lucky enough to receive an exciting parcel the other day from Hayloft Plants – some lovely climbing plants!

In the parcel was:

1 x Lonicera Belgica Young plant

1 x Lonicera Henryi Young plant

and 1 x Lonicera Halliana Young plant.

I was impressed as the parcel was sent quickly and efficiently with helpful notes for planting. Also the young plants were packaged safely and securely – another big bonus so they were not damaged.

I have planted these up and look forward to them growing and climbing up the sides of our walled garden to create a ‘wild garden’ effect making it feel more cosy and natural. I will keep you all updated and be posting some photographs soon once they are growing!

Hayloft plants have a great selection of awesome plants – including climbing plants like the ones I have gone for, here is a quick link to their website if you fancy a gander:

I will keep you posted on how the garden evolves!

Katy, The Good Life In Practice x

Thompson and Morgan Press day 2015

I was lucky enough to be one of the few people invited along to Thompson and Morgans ( new show garden at Jimmys Farm. It was a beautiful, scorching hot day and it was fantastic to see the new trial garden looking amazing! We had a tour of the garden with notes on new additions and introductions to new flowers and plants. I will share more information on these at a later date – lots of news. Just for now a few pictures and words for an update!

We then had a great talk about all the classic and new varieties of veg and fruit there were. I particularly loved the small peppers – perfect for lunchboxes not just for kids but for adults too! Additionally, I noted down tomato and bean varieties that I want to try next year. We got to try some of the new rocket available – has a Wasabi taste hit to it. Think this will be a popular one.

After the talks and tours we then headed in to Jimmys barn and had a chance to talk to other bloggers, the T and M team and gardening experts. This was a brilliant time to get to know people – all accompanied by a superb afternoon tea selection including cake, sandwiches, scones with jam and edible flowers! A winner for me!

Before we all headed home we were given goodie bags packed with seed varieties, new compost types, plants, information booklets and the new apricot variety. Such a lot to carry but was absolutely amazing to get back home, unpack and have a good read through, gander and look at all of the produce and products. Lots more news again to come on the new additions and varieties.

Overall a fantastic afternoon with the welcoming Thompson and Morgan team, helpful as always and I relished the chance to learn more about your lovely, local company.

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx

Elderflower, Gooseberry and Honey cake with Edible Flowers -Gluten free.

This recipe is super summery and is great for Coeliacs and people who cannot have gluten in their diet. Additionally, it tastes good for all so a great all rounder – good served with a scoop of ice cream, clotted cream, runny cream or creme fraiche.  I love using edible flowers and herbs too so have decorated this cake with some.

I have used local Suffolk Honey in this recipe which tastes amazing and I sourced through


110g Gooseberries (wash and top and tail)

230g Butter or margarine

230g Ground almonds (this basically is replacing flour in a normal recipe)

2 tsp baking powder (check it is gluten free)

4 tbsp Local Honey (tastes amazing!)

3 Free range eggs (ours were from Tarragon and Liquorice 2 of our hens)

2 tbsp Elderflower cordial

Zest of 1 Lemon


  1. Pre heat Fan oven to 150C.
  2. Line or butter tin – I used the classic round Victoria sponge size tin for this recipe.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients apart from the Gooseberries in a mixing bowl. Use a electric whisk to ensure the mixture is smooth and even.
  4. Then gently fold in the Gooseberries by hand with a spatula.
  5. Empty all of the mixture out into tin with spatula.
  6. Place in oven and bake for approximately 1 hour. Check middle is baked through with a skewer or knife towards the end.

Once it has cooled and you have put out onto a plate and taken off the greaseproof paper you can decorate it how you wish! I decorated it with a little icing sugar, more Gooseberries, Lemon balm, mint and a few Marigold petals. That is it! Pplease let me know what you think and if you try it or share some photos on my facebook page The Good Life In Practice or twitter @thegoodlifein

Thanks, Katy, The Good Life In Practice

Great local produce for local produce fortnight!

I am really enjoying taking part in Local Produce Fortnight. We are in the third day of it and have tried some great produce so far! I have fully relished the opportunity to take part and trying new produce from the local area – Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Below is a picture of some of the produce I have gathered to try by itself or in recipes during this fortnight.

This includes Marriages flour, Munchy Seeds from Leiston, local Suffolk Honey and Prawns smoked by Pinneys in Orford. On the blog I hope to include some reviews and recipes using great local produce and encourage you to do the same. Follow on twitter, email or facebook for more news and updates.

Many thanks Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx


Bantams on Bank Holiday…

The 2 Bantams Nutmeg and Liquorice are being pains – both have gone broody! Therefore I am frequently venturing in and putting them outside for some water and a walk about in the hope they will go back to normal. If this goes on it will be the cooler coop system to try.

I managed to get some quick pictures of them looking cute and fluffy today before they angrily went about their business.