Sailing with the 2nd Andover Sea Scouts

The Boy
The Boy

Today saw the  Boy’s first sailing adventure with the 2nd Andover Sea Scouts at Calshot Sailing Club on the South coast.  The entire family came along to ‘support’ him and much to the girl’s delight (and his horror), they all managed to get a lot of time sailing; including Father of the Tribe.   Continue reading Sailing with the 2nd Andover Sea Scouts

A Hampshire Dinner on Midsummer’s Eve

With the glorious summer weather continuing, Father of the Tribe and I decide to throw a Midsummer’s dinner using local Hampshire fare.  The day is quite perfect and after a morning watching the Tribe

The Tribe helping get ready??
The Tribe helping get ready??

play tennis and an afternoon rushing around cutting grass, hanging bunting, finding candles, setting tables and taking drinks and glasses to the top of the field, we are pretty much ready. Continue reading A Hampshire Dinner on Midsummer’s Eve

Dangers lurking in the hedgerow!

The glorious swathes of cow parsley currently seen alongside our country roads, although looking rather pretty, are apparently dominating the verges due to the increase in the soil’s fertility.  This is due to local council’s leaving grass cuttings in place which then adds nutrients to the soil.  Wild flowers need infertile soil to grow otherwise the more robust plants will dominate.  Cow parsley has increased in the UK by over 50%.  The most dominant plant is the nettle followed by the bramble, with cow parsley coming in third place.  These three plants love nutrient rich soil. Continue reading Dangers lurking in the hedgerow!