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About Emily Davenport, Managing Editor

Managing Editor of the Dairy Diary and Dairy Cookbooks. Printmaker too, when I find the time!

Gardening for Wildlife, Our Top Tips!

On a recent walk through our village, we noticed a sign for a ‘Hedgehog Hotel’ and it really made us smile.

Making the garden wildlife-friendly is so important when many of our native species are under threat.

With a little effort, your garden could become a sanctuary for local wildlife

There’s no doubt that we are a nation of gardeners, with 24 million gardens up and down the country.

With many creatures in decline, there’s no time like the present to turn your green space into a mini nature reserve.

Click the link below to read the Gardening For Wildlife article.


This feature is taken from the 2021 Dairy Diary. It’s only a couple of months to wait for the next diary – watch this space!


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Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Discover a new… place to picnic

The Gower Peninsular

As travel is still pretty restrictive – and many of us don’t fancy the prospect of sitting on a plane wearing a mask – now’s the perfect time to discover more of the British Isles

But where to begin? There are SO many fantastic places to discover, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start, so start small: focus on one thing and find the loveliest that you can in your locality, or a little further afield if you fancy it. This month I’m focussing on picnics.

Personally, I think the best picnic spots have a wonderful view, or they’re close to something tranquil and lovely such as a babbling brook or a winding river. Ponder places within a walk or a short drive that may reveal watery wonders or glorious vistas (ideally with a bench or picnic table) and plan your trip.

Great British bakes for picnics and adventures

Take a look at this fabulous map put together by Ordnance Survey Great British bakes for the perfect picnic | OS GetOutside (ordnancesurvey.co.uk) showing picnic treats from our Around Britain cookbook. Or unfold one of your old favourite OS maps and find somewhere perfect to picnic.

Pack plenty of goodies, a picnic blanket in case of damp grass or bench, sunhat and sunglasses and you’re all set.

Happy picnicking!

Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

We’ll be heading off to Gower to enjoy our favourite view while we picnic. And we’ll be enjoying a slice of one of my favourite cakes.

Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

An irresistible Raspberry & Macadamia Cake recipe from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

It may have felt a long time coming but today is the summer solstice; the official start of summer and the longest day of the year

Make the most of those extra hours of daylight by doing something special (and I don’t mean dancing around with flowers in your hair; unless you want to of course!)

Some of my favourite moments basking in those last few rays of sunshine have been spent on the beach. Beachcombing at dusk, giggling at my ineptitude at boules; family cricket or – best of all – a beach campfire.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

For a successful and safe campfire, there are a few rules that you should follow:

1 Choose a quiet, more secluded beach where campfires are permitted.

2 Situate yourself in a sheltered spot, not too close to anyone who may be annoyed by the smoke.

3 Dig a circle in the sand a few inches deep and about 3 feet across. Then surround with large pebbles.

4 Fill with kindling/sticks in a rough pyramid shape and light with matches or a lighter. It may help to bring a couple of natural firelighters to help get it going.

5 Toast marshmallows on long wooden-handled metal skewers or forks (and sandwich between chocolate digestives; our family take on s’mores).

6 Sit in a comfy camping chair and watch the flames as the sun goes down.

7 When your fire has died down, douse it liberally with seawater (don’t forget to take a bucket for this!) then cover any remaining embers with sand.

8 Ensure the beach looks just as you found it before you leave.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire
Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Birds to look out for in your garden part 5

The Pied Wagtail

With their distinctive grey, black and white plumage, and bobbing tails the characterful pied wagtail was a regular guest on our school playground

Most of us ignored them, intent on our skipping or clapping games or possibly boomeracka (does anyone remember that strange craze with long elastic around your feet?!) but I can still remember their presence.

I assume they were attracted by dropped crisps or biscuit crumbs, in those days mostly Monster Munch, Skips, 54321 (I bet many of you remember the song in the ad!) or a Trio.

Anyway, I’m showing my age reminiscing about 80s snacks, more about these lovely little birds… 

The Pied Wagtail

The Pied Wagtail

Pied wagtails are those smart little black-and-white birds that look a bit like Charlie Chaplin as they strut around, twitching their tails up and down all the time.

The elegant black-and-white pied wagtail is a familiar sight dashing and bobbing about as it charges across roofs and lawns, around car parks and over cricket pitches.

READ FULL ARTICLE

For more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season. Available now for just £8.99

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FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDS
Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Ideas for National Children’s Garden Week

National Children's Garden Week

With everything now in full leaf, the sun finally shining AND a bank holiday, it’s the perfect time to get out in the garden

And as it’s National Children’s Gardening Week this week why not encourage little ones to join in too? This annual event celebrates the fun that gardens hold for children. Take a look at their website for all sorts of simple garden projects.

Seeing something they have planted flourish gives children a sense of wonder and accomplishment.

You could plant fruit, herbs or veg (now’s a perfect time for tomatoes, courgettes and peppers), or maybe a simple planter. There’s an abundance of bedding plants available at the moment and you could encourage them to choose your own. Or look for specific varieties.

Planting a summer container

These work really well together in a pot, should be simple to maintain (regular watering and a weekly feed) and give colour for months to come: Petunias, Lobelia and Salvia. Use a pot, planter, or even an old bowl or sink.

The more creative the better!

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Our Favourite Seasonal Food: Asparagus

Asparagus

British asparagus season has now begun, and we can delight in these delicate, flavourful green shoots for the next month or so.

Super-versatile, asparagus can be boiled or steamed, griddled or barbecued or roasted in the oven. They work well in risotto, pasta, omelettes, the list goes on….. or simply dipped in soft-boiled egg. Mmmmm.

Each spear of asparagus is harvested by hand
when it reaches just the right height.

Look out for locally grown bunches in your farm shop or farmer’s market.

This is my favourite asparagus recipe as it’s really simple and easy to prepare too – perfect for a speedy dinner.

Hot Roast Asparagus & Potato Salad

Save 25% on A Zest For Life

You’ll find this in A Zest for Life cookbook together with two more recipes with asparagus: Roast Cod Loin Wrapped in Pancetta and Sea Bass with Asparagus & Roasted Potatoes.

For a limited time only, we’re offering 25% off this gorgeous book. 

Just use the code ZN25 at checkout.

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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