Welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by!


I started this blog as part of my 2014 New Year’s resolution and the Observer’s Ethical Awards, Great Energy Race.  One of my goals was to spend more time in my garden, and another is to continue on my lifelong path towards reducing my footprint on this beautiful planet we call Earth.  As a mother of two cheerful children and a trained environmental scientist, I feel a particular need to make sure that the world I pass on to my kids and future grandkids is better than the one my grandparents and parents passed on to me.  We can all work towards making ourselves and our planet more happy and healthy, and so this blog is my way of keeping myself motivated, and hopefully it will inspire others to make some small (or big!) steps towards making the grass greener on their side!

I’m a native Californian living in Scotland, so I’m afraid my vocabulary often switches back and forth between Scottish/British and American English.  Despite being here since 2007, I am constantly learning new words for things, finding out how buildings are constructed differently and which plants grow best here.  It is a far cry from my days in the Golden State, with earthquake-resistant wooden houses built to keep out the dry heat, and citrus trees growing around everywhere outside.  But slowly I’m learning how to love ‘dreichy’ weather, my sandstone flat and hydrangeas.  The dreich is the hardest one to love, but I find a warm cuppa always helps!

I’d like to thank the marvellously talented Rachel Hein for taking the photograph above.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


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