It’s hard to believe but it’s now been three whole years since we moved into Station House. Back then it was quite different – surrounded by overgrown conifers and a jungle of a garden outside, and shabby and uncared for indoors. Today the garden is (mostly) under control and though the conifers are long gone, we have planted apple, plum, pear and even a walnut tree! The horse chestnuts at the front are thriving (I won’t bore you with any more conker pictures) and we have installed a wood burner that keeps us cosy through the winter months. Above you can see our winter’s supply of logs – it’s always a nice feeling when your log store is full!
The house itself has had a new coat of paint, and now looks very loved I think. It was built as the Station Master’s house in 1870 and has a great view up and down the line. You can just about see the Engineer’s greenhouse (of which he is very proud) on the right of this picture and at the front is the porch where we love to sit and watch the trains go past. Eventually there will be roses and honeysuckle growing up the arch. I’m sitting the other side of the porch window at the moment, having spent the morning busily working on my laptop putting the final touches to the November Magazine.
In this edition there are more Christmas decorations to make – a reindeer, a robin, and a pair of Christmas Gnomes, as well as a couple of more autumnal projects that would make lovely gifts at Christmas! In the kitchen we enjoy some hearty warming dishes, read about the traditions behind Stir Up Sunday and more besides, whilst we travel across the globe and through time to bring you the story of felt, possibly the world’s oldest fabric and trace the silk road across Asia to look at the history of this loveliest of textiles.
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