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Lactose free Strawberry Shortcake
Kitchen16 July 2015

Lactose free Strawberry Shortcake

Summer would not be complete without a delicious strawberry shortcake. Ours is totally dairy and lactose free!

Simple lactose free savoury croissants
Kitchen29 June 2015

Simple lactose free savoury croissants

A simple and quick to make dairy free croissant packed with lactose free cheese, sundried tomatoes and homemade pesto sauce.

The Properous Peony
Garden25 June 2015

The Properous Peony

Against all odds, our peony appears to have made a full and much admired recovery in our garden.

Moel Fferna: mountain climbing in North Wales
Walking in North Wales24 June 2015

Moel Fferna: mountain climbing in North Wales

At a height of 630m, Moel Fferna is no light-weight in terms of the challenge it offers walkers in North Wales.

Walking in North Wales
Walking in North Wales19 June 2015

Walking in North Wales

Living in a designated area of 'outstanding natural beauty' has afforded us the chance to explore by way of long walks, hikes…

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Welcome to my Blog

On the foothills of the Llantysilio Mountain lies one of the smallest villages you’ll ever find in North Wales. We’re not blessed with the familiar hubs of rural communities, such as a shop or post-office, and our nearest watering-hole is a round-trip of eight miles along an old drover's path high on the Clwydian Way. The ease of which to negotiate this path alters with each season. During autumn months we collect damsons and sloe berries; during early spring, we witness first-hand, the birth of new lambs. Shoulder-high in brairs and nettles in summer; in winter, it is about impassable for snow, ankle deep mud and streams of water running off the mountain. This antithesis of city life could not be more profound; and is a far cry from the busy world of my past as a hotelier, and later, as a teacher in the Middle East.

With lessons on the nuances of English, Babylonian Kings and themes under the auspicious heading of geography, came the opportunity to travel to faraway places with exotic sounding names and insightful cultures and traditions. Such was life in the desert.

Living in the countryside, however, is no less absorbing or productive. Welcome, then, to Peacocks in My Garden; a new blog designed to share whatever comes along that may be of interest, be they how-to’s or recipes, sentiments or reviews, short stories or life stories: there is doubtless a place for it here. Take a look through the port-holes below and explore what there is to date; and if you find you have something to say, feel free to leave a comment, or share with your friends.

Guest writers and contributors welcome.