Events this weekend: Summer Solstice & Father’s Day

Stonehenge Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Stonehenge, usually a place of pilgrimage, will stand solitary and silent today, despite it being the summer solstice.

It’s the most popular place for Pagans to celebrate the longest day because it famously aligns to the solstices.

The rising sun only reaches the middle of the stones one day of the year when it shines on the central altar.

Watch the summer solstice at Stonehenge

The summer solstice (read more here) takes place as one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun and the sun reaches its highest position in the sky, ensuring the longest period of daylight in the year.

You can watch last year’s sunrise at Stonehenge here

It’s rather beautiful.

Whilst I don’t mind bare feet and a few flowers in my hair, personally on the summer solstice, I prefer a G&T in the garden!



Father’s Day

Like many others, we’ll also be celebrating Father’s Day (read more here)tomorrow in the garden.

I’ve had the usual conundrum about what to buy for my husband from the children and for my own dad. Luckily, I found chocolate and some very lovely hand-made soap in our local farm shop – rather apt, I thought.

Keep safe and well everyone, and happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads out there. You’re doing a great job under very difficult circumstances.




The Big (Virtual) Lunch and some good news

The big lunch

The Big (Virtual) Lunch


At such a difficult time, where people are struggling in so many ways, it’s heartwarming to hear of so many positive stories in local communities.

There are countless acts of community kindness in our own little village every day, but these are most memorable for me: The tiny village bakery now delivers food parcels to the elderly and vulnerable.

We found a leaflet featuring local walks on our doorstep one evening, and one local even dresses-up as Walley (from Where’s Walley?) on his daily walk so that people can spot where he is!

Now more than ever, we need to make
time for each other and say thanks.

The Big Lunch is the UK’s thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities; a time where people come together (virtually, of course) to celebrate community connections and get to know one another a little better.

So, let’s get the nation talking with a bite to eat and have some fun with The Big Virtual Lunch this coming weekend.


For details on how to hold a virtual lunch for your community take a look at the Eden Project Communities webpage


And to eat?

I would opt for something simple and delicious. You don’t want to be slaving for hours in the kitchen. Give these two recipes a try, they are quick to prepare but sooo good.


Sea Bass and Chocolate Fruit


Pan-Fried Sea Bass & Scallops with Hollandaise Sauce

Fresh Fruit with Chocolate Dip


Both these recipes are from our super-popular cookbook, Just for One or Two.


Oh, and the good news? 40% off!

Yes, for a limited time only we now have 40% off everything on our website!!!

Stock up with goodies for yourself and maybe even treat someone in your community too?


Keep safe and well.







Help us to choose the 2022 Dairy Diary cover


Be part of the Dairy Diary team and help us to choose the 2022 cover


One of the things that I love the most about my job is the loyalty and enthusiasm of our customers.

We know that you adore the Dairy Diary and it’s always a pleasure to hear your anecdotes and stories.

That’s why it’s so important to me to get you involved in its creation.

If you have just a few minutes spare, please would you fill in the brief questionnaire to choose the cover for the 2022 Dairy Diary.



As a thank you we will send a beautiful bouquet to one lucky participant

So make sure you leave your email address!

Thank you so much!

Keep safe and well.


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May Bank Holiday change

May Bank Holiday

Did you know that the early May Bank Holiday has changed?


We’re sure you saw the bank holiday change sticker on your Dairy Diary, but just in case you missed it remember that the bank holiday is now on Friday 8 May (this change was announced late and after we had printed all the diaries!). 

The first Monday of May is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. It is called May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is known as the Early May Bank Holiday in Scotland.

In 2020, the early May Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4 May to Friday, 8 May to coincide with Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II.

It’s not the first time that the Bank Holiday has been moved.
In 1995 it was moved from 1 May to 8 May to commemorate the 50th VE Day.

We hope you manage to enjoy your time despite the current circumstances.

Keep safe and well.


Stay home, stay safe and try these delicious recipes for 1 or 2

Recipe for 1oe 2

A selection of recipes for 1 or 2





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What’s the connection between the clocks change and Coldplay?

Clocks go forward tonight

If you’re not keen on losing an hour in bed tonight; you’ve got Coldplay’s Chris Martin’s Great Great Grandfather to blame for that idea!

Rather than moping about the loss of time to Yellow we can look forward to sunny evenings and al fresco dining.

Clocks need to be put forward 1 hour at 1am tonight.

Or for those who, like me are not night owls, before bed.

We can also use this change as a reminder to do change batteries in the smoke alarms.



Why do the clocks change?

It’s always useful to remember the phrase ‘spring forward, fall back’ when it comes to the clocks change, but why do we change the time twice a year?

In 1907 William Willett, Chris Martin’s (Coldplay) Great Great Grandfather published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight, encouraging people to get out of bed earlier. As a keen golfer, he got irritated when the sun went down, ending play. Despite his campaigning, Daylight Saving Time wasn’t implemented by Government until 1916, a year after this death.









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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Apart from the usual chores, my children have just two rules; the first of which is BE KIND.


It’s something that we should all try to do, each and every day.


Be kind whenever possible.
It’s always possible.
Dalai Lama


We’re so busy, that even though the intention is there, it can get forgotten. That’s why I love the idea of Random Acts of Kindness Day (today).

It reminds us to do something special for someone, just because it’s a nice thing to do.

Win a bouquetThere are a million and one different ways of showing kindness today. But to start you off, here’s something really quick that you can do.

Click here and nominate someone you know who deserves a treat. We will pick a winner at random to receive a stunning bouquet of flowers.


For more inspiration visit the Random Acts Of Kindness website.




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