My perfect day at The Ethicurean restaurant and Barley Wood walled garden

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As a lover of all things seasonal, homegrown and foraged, The Ethicurean restaurant and Barley Wood walled garden has been on my ‘must visit list’ for a while, so I couldn’t believe my luck when a card popped into my letterbox last week from my gorgeous friend Emma and her husband Mike, inviting me to… 

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Recipe: nettle and wild garlic soup

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Many people aren’t that keen on the idea of eating stinging nettles. If you’re one of them, I urge you to try this delicious recipe for Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup so I can change your mind! Nettles are young and plentiful in spring and they’re packed with health benefits too – the leaves are… 

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DIY: how to make a spring flower crown

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It all started with a Friday afternoon twitter chat. You know the sort: when everyone’s an hour or so away from pouring their first G&T and avoiding the last few tasks they should be finishing for the week. The conversation turned to having pictures of ourselves on our blogs. If you’ve been reading for a… 

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15-minute make: autumn wreath DIY

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Autumn is the most beautiful and intriguing time to live in the countryside. It’s when I get my strongest cavegirl tendencies and I love gathering nuts, berries and mushrooms to cook and preserve. Inspired by the return of Nature in the Home this week I decided to get crafty with my autumn gatherings (instead of… 

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Foraging, fungi and the fear that followed

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Last year, my friend Emma and I went on an utterly unsuccessful mushroom foray on Wimbledon Common. This weekend she came to visit me in my new Somerset home and look what we found! Now, it is a little known fact that my first ever published feature as a keen young journalist was on the… 

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One day in cider country…

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When I lived in London I used to subscribe to get a Riverford Organic veg box each week. I once told my parents about what a great idea it was, to which I got the reply “Why would we do that? We’ve got Tony!” If you follow Decorator’s Notebook on Instagram you’ll already have met… 

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Nature Table: red

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Everywhere I look now, vibrant autumnal reds are catching my eye… {all Decorator’s Notebook Blog} We’ve been photographing a lot of our products for the Decorator’s Notebook Shop against this slate background… it does something wonderful to colours and gives quite a different mood to the bright white backdrops you often see in online interiors… 

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