Farmers’ market is back in Wooler

Wooler Farmers’ Market is back this weekend after the success of the first event last month.

The Taste of the North event in Alnwick Market Place.

Bringing a Taste of the North to Alnwick

Food, drink and more will be on offer all weekend in Alnwick Market Place as the annual Taste of the North event takes place.

The sensory garden at Howick Hall. Picture by Jane Coltman

GALLERY: New sensory garden opens in Northumberland

The recently developed area at Howick Hall has been hailed as a flagship garden for people with autism and other disabilities.
The oriental poppy is persistent in its spread. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Right plants, just in the wrong place

The definition of a weed is debatable.


MEAL REVIEW: Jamie’s Italian, Monument Mall, Newcastle

Occasionally in life, you come across one of those magic moments that you wish you could bottle and release on demand when times get tough. This evening was one of them.

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Kids' afternoon tea at the Running Fox, Longframlington.

MEAL REVIEW: The Running Fox, Longframlington

Over recent years, afternoon tea has become more and more popular, with venues all over offering up traditional and more unique menus.

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Columbine seeds are some of those that can spring up in the garden unannounced and uninvited. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Why ignoring pesky weeds is not an option

The vegetables are looking healthy, mixed ornamental borders are alive with colour, and soft fruit beds are almost ready to deliver. The only problem, and it’s a constant one, is weeds.


Northumberland food producers take their message to Parliament

In the midst of crucial Brexit votes and Prime Minister’s Questions, a small corner of Parliament was devoted to Northumberland today.

Rosemary is dripping with new plant material. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Garden is full of freebies for planting

We all appreciate plant bargains, but miss out on opportunities to raise our own, free of charge, from saved seed, division or cuttings.

Ceanothus Concha still has plenty in reserve, helping to avoid the break in flowering seen in the past. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Colourless ‘June gap’ is now a thing of the past

What a glorious time of year this is in the gardening calendar.

Ceanothus concha has survived winter.

GARDENING: A brilliant mass of blue flowers and the peaches and cream of gardening

Who can resist peaches and cream served for dessert?

Clematis montana.

Clematis is making a great impression

Amongst a diversity of flowering plants currently flagging up their glorious presence, clematis montana is making the great impression for me.

The new-look bottle design for Hepple Gin in collaboration with Scottish design studio Timorous Beasties.

Gin takes on a whole new shape

A new-look bottle for the award-winning Hepple Gin has been unveiled by its producers Moorland Spirit Company.

Picture by Chris Wilson

Photography goes hand in hand with conservation

I’ve said before that I am a big fan of wildlife photography.


Don’t let the critics run your work down

A good friend of mine, a talented photographer, was upset because a colleague had disparaged her work. It was poetic justice that shortly afterwards a top studio asked her to put on an exhibition.

Cosmos should last until November. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Seeds are solution to add colour

Time is up under cover for all the summer bedding plants, those raised from seed in-house and others bought-in as plug plants.

The strawberry bed and apple blossom. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Outdoor plants get their marching orders

It’s full steam ahead in the garden over this Bank Holiday weekend.

A nesting Shag on the Farne Islands. Picture by Jane Coltman

GALLERY: A trip to the Farne Islands.

Wondering what to do over the Bank Holiday weekend? As these pictures show there is a lot to see during a visit to the famous islands off the Northumberland coast.
An artist's impression of the proposed new M&S store.

M&S makes plans for Foodhall in Alnwick

Marks & Spencer wants to open in Alnwick, as part of a proposed out-of-town development which could create more than 90 jobs.

View of Rothbury   Picture by Jane Coltman

Rothbury, Coquetdale History Society

The topic presented to the society this month was Mary Eleanor Bowes – The greatest heiress of the North.

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