Don't forget to keep your fingers crossed for good weather this Sunday as LionMouth Rural Centre hosts its latest 'last Sunday in every month' Rural craft fair. It starts at 10am and runs on until 3.00pm. There will be an array of local craft and arty people selling their wares from spicey cooking oils, leather crafts and children's books to jewellery, cakes and candles. There will be plenty of parking in the overflow field, and the the Lions Den tea rooms will be open for naught goodies (as well as the sensible ones like quiches and paninis). Oh, the plant nursery will also be open selling a wide variety of vegetable plants, bedding, alpines and perennials.
It only takes a few days for the butterbur to turn into the plant from the little shop of horrors. Within a week to path through the woods at Lionmouth has become impassible to all but girraffes and stilt walkers. So it was with intrepidation that I set out this morning with my mothers slasher and ploughed a furrow through the fibrous umbrellas. I am pleased to say that the path is now accessible right down to the river, over the garlic plain and up past the monks bathing pond. To boot, it's a stunning mix of sparkling garlic flower heads mixed with iridescent bluebells, feathery sweet cicely. Well worth a trot round