Hello and a warm welcome to acoastalplot – my blog about my life and gardening exploits. I’m Sam and I live with my husband David, our three teenage children, one dog and two cats in a village by the sea in the south-east of England. I’m a community worker, co-founder of the website ‘Agnes – the life guide for teenage girls‘, occasional book editor, plus house-keeper, gardener, cook, chief finder of things, etc.
We moved here from London in 2012 and spent the first few years renovating the house before turning our attention to the garden. I write about our everyday family life and our work in the garden (approximately one-third of an acre, on chalk, terraced and quite exposed). I also write about anything else that interests me, such as books and food, and (occasionally, because none of us lives in a bubble) wider world issues.
My love of plants, gardens and gardening has grown since having a family and a garden to tend. David and I both have the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture and I have an Open College Certificate in Garden Design, and we try to put what we’ve learnt into practise. The great thing about gardening, of course, is that you never stop learning. We try to garden collaboratively and it generally works.
I hope you enjoy visiting here. Do leave a comment and say hello. I do my best to answer comments, unless the only answer is ‘thank you’ in which case please take that as given :-).
A few of my favourite things are (in no particular order):
growing and picking flowers (then faffing with them to photograph!)
our rescue dog Cassie
people-watching; my kids often tell me off for staring at people (I’m not aware I do it!)
Arts and Crafts style
walking across Hungerford Bridge in London
a starry sky
clean sheets (of the paper and bedlinen kind)
walking in the Lake District (getting up high)
floating in the sea (it has to be hot weather, though)
hearing my children laugh (especially all together)
listening to the skylarks singing
I’m not so fond of:
so MANY slugs and snails
horror films (won’t watch them)
reading instruction manuals
the current state of politics