Blog for Thompson and Morgan

Another quick link here to my regular blog posts for Thompson and Morgan – a seed and plant company locally. There are a number of useful and detailed blog posts on their website from a number of guest bloggers on a range of garden topics. Here is link to my most recent post for them:

On BBC Radio

A very quick post to say I was lucky enough to be on BBC radio Northampton today. Was very happy and excited about having a quick, live interview with the lovely Helen all about the blog and smallholding. It is a quick, live interview (about ten minutes) and you can listen to it here:

(It’s 1 hour and 38 minutes in). I wasn’t aware at the time how often I was saying “slightly obsessed”; must try to say that less when I am passionately speaking about something! Also, I was rather excited when I managed to sneak in the mention of Mr Podge the cat and the fact they mentioned him a few more times – legend of a cat already.

Hope you are all enjoying the summer, much love,

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx…and Mr Podgington the farm cat (paw print)…

Thompson and Morgan Blog

I am lucky enough to be one of the regular bloggers for Thompson and Morgan. They have some fantastic seeds and other gardening supplies. I have really enjoyed using the seeds so far this growing season from them – in particular the Wasabi Salad seeds!

Here is a link if you fancy having a browse of my blog on their website or other articles to read:

My first talk and presentation October 2015!


I was very excited to plan and deliver my first ever talk about smallholding to a local village AGM last October. I briefly managed to upload some photographs then but only now getting round to doing a write up of it – time always seems to fly by. There was about 30-40 people listening in the local village hall.  Even though I love talking (those who know me are fully aware of this!) and get up and teach a room of children everyday I was getting rather nervous in the run up to speaking in front of a room of adults!

I had a table of all my goodies, published articles and smallholding oddities as well as a simple PowerPoint. I began explaining why I did smallholding, the successes and failures and also what livestock/types of things I did. This of course included some funny stories about Mr Podge the cat getting into trouble; broody, scary hens and escapee bantams.

Between the stories and photographs I served some different canapés for people to try during the talk. I had two beautiful assistants to hand these out (my dad and partner).


The canapés were as follows:

-Nettle pesto served on cheesy crackers topped with Nasturtium flowers

-Rosehip Jelly served on chestnut gluten free crackers with mature cheddar cheese

-Marmalade with Quince served on oatcakes with Hazelnuts

-Blanched Nettle and goats cheese puff pastry tart

-Very alcoholic Blackberry wine spritzed with lemonade with floating blackberries

-Hot herbal teas (Nettle or Mint)


I thoroughly enjoyed this evening and preparing this talk and would love the opportunity to do similar events in the future – Thankyou for having me!

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx



Article in Grow Your Own April 2015

I was lucky enough to be a featured article in the newest issue of Grow Your Own Magazine. I wrote an article on everyday chicken keeping – lots of handy, quick tips for the mornings, afternoons and evening jobs!

Catch a copy for a read if you can, would love to hear your feedback on it and other articles : )

It’s a fab magazine with lots of interesting articles – I like the recipes and veg tips best!

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx