Bank Holiday Fun?

Guess what I did on the Bank Holiday? It’s multiple choice Did I have a scintillating and successful Bank Holiday barbecue in my smart and airy back garden, complete with beautiful people, flowing champagne and the delicious aromas of perfectly roasted meats wafting through the trees as the sounds of bonhomie and joi de vivre drifted … Continued

The French Don’t Do Stripes But Their Bubbly Is Lovely

Bonjour. In a never to be repeated, once in a lunchtime event (it is lunchtime and I am aware of the smell of conft duck coming from the kitchen) I am writing this from my ‘belle chambre dans le gite de paradis” (beautiful room in the cottage of paradise’) somewhere in northern Europe. Yup. You’ve guessed … Continued

The Industrious Mr Fox – The Only Worker In Town

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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On Saturday last, I spent a good deal of my valuable time waiting for a rogue urban fox to appear, so I could find out how he is getting into our garden and attempt block his entrance. It seems the little red rotter has been stealing from our bins and nibbling at my green beans, which … Continued

A Summer Opening – At Her Majesty’s Convenience

It gets me every summer. From 22 July – 1 October 2017 the neoclassical behemoth, crouching at the end of the Mall, that we all know (and love?) as Buckingham Palace opens its doors once again to the public. My thoughts immediately go to Her Majesty and what she does while people are photographing her chairs, … Continued

Strawberries and Cream and a Stripy Lawn Dream

Every year, along with thousands of other tennis fans, I go through the ritual of watching, hoping and yet ultimately accepting that the chances of a British woman winning the singles competition is fairly slim. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got some fab players. Heather Watson, comes back from a year of injury and not … Continued

Forlorn over Your Lawn? What Would The Bear Do?

I am in my garden, gazing, over the top of my laptop, at my rather neglected lawn. It was cut a little while ago but it has rained a fair bit since and Brody, my friend and sometime gardener has gone on his hols. I have been, as usual, trying to come up with some … Continued

Seven Super Songs for a Sizzling Summer Party.

Well. La Glasto is over for another year and what a line-up it was. Chic were at their most chic and funky with Nile Rogers giving it everything he’s got… including asking the audience a lot if they wanted to party… I assume they did…why else go to Glastonbury? It’s hardly educational. Barry Gibb proved that … Continued

Five Things You Didn’t Know About The Lawn

Hello. Yes. It’s me. Holly. On a Thursday. Drew snaffled my spot on Tuesday to write about our tip-top competition winner Ali Fanstone and her new Redback mower. Jolly good. However, that means you have to ready my crazed scribblings on a Thursday. I know! So. Even a townie like me knows we are properly into mowing … Continued

Perfect Pitch? Not According To UEFA. Inspirational Turf Rolling Banned In Europe!

Now. Regarding sport As a ‘dyed in the wool’ tennis fan (well I say dyed-in-the-wool, it’s mainly special man-made fibres these days as wool doesn’t absorb sweat properly apparently… oh please! )  Sorry.  Like Ronnie Corbett, I digress. Where was I? Ah yes. As a firm tennis fan and a rabid socialite, not to mention blogger, … Continued

Eurovision 2017. Portugal? What About the Dancing Gorilla or the Yodelling Romanians?

Yes. It’s that time of year again. Whatever is going on in the garden, whatever is going on in the world, whatever is going on in the mind of Mr Donald ‘You’re Fired’ Trump, it can’t be half as bonkers as the content of Saturday Night’s groan and giggle inducing ‘The 62nd Annual Eurovision Song … Continued