Wild Swimming and Hiking trip

Just a few quick pictures from a very quick, rapid visit to the Lake District and the Peak District. Lots of opportunity to do hiking, long walks and a bit of wild swimming – although it was still very cold!

Discovered a lovely little river near Ambleside for a quick paddle and swim and also managed to climb Mam Tor down in the Peak District. Some long walks near the new Sticklebarn National Trust Pub in the Lake District too – definitely one to come back to again in the Winter – the Scones and Cider were amazing even if it was raining on that day!

Just a few snaps to show the flavour of the trip – cannot wait to go back to do more Wild Swimming and exploring as simply love this region of Britain and the wilderness it offers.


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)…

Recipe: Simple salad

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Really easy, tasty salad here! I grew all the ingredients from seed and sourced these from Thompson and Morgan: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/

-Tasty, fresh Nasturtium flowers, different varieties

-Pea shoots from tops of pea plants

-Mixed salad leaves

-Wasabi Rocket leaves

-Chives and Chive flowers

Simply mix together and decorate with the edible flowers. Drizzle with a little lemon juice and olive oil – done!