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Lactose free dessert for Sunday Lunch
Kitchen26 May 2015     2

Lactose free dessert for Sunday Lunch

Lightly blended coconut cream and fresh, juicy mango makes for a delicious lunch dessert.

New dry-stone wall is finally built
Garden27 March 2015

New dry-stone wall is finally built

Long-term garden renovations take a turn for the better with the completion of a dry-stone wall.

Lactose-free Ginger Nut Biscuits
Kitchen25 March 2015

Lactose-free Ginger Nut Biscuits

A traditional biscuit recipe adapted for lactose intolerant diets, these biscuits are totally dairy free. Suitable for vegans…

Gardening with peacocks
Garden23 March 2015

Gardening with peacocks

As beautiful as they are, exotic peacocks are not always as welcome in the garden as they might like to presume.

Food for thought
Kitchen13 March 2015     1

Food for thought

Cooking and preserving food throughout the seaons for a lactose free diet.

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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.