The ritual of removing old rushes from the soil on the ground of an ancient church was something cathartic to local people. This performance dates back several hundreds of years, before the installation of pews in church halls in Victorian  times. The field workers many years previously would sythe by hand the rushes at the […]


This beautiful photograph shows the spirit of our village of Goostrey and despite the long awaited crowning of Cate Clayton, as Rose Queen due to COVID-19 protocol, she was crowned on the last Saturday in June 2021. I nominate the taker of this photograph as a contender for the LoveGoostrey photograph award 2021. Please remember […]


Dear ladies and gents, 97 of you responded to the posts that we added to the website about a new idea of lovely lunch and stimulating literature.  I hoped the two-hour-long session would be held at Goostrey Home and Leisure’s cafe. That is great news to hear from 97 interested people.Thank you! To the Goostrey […]

Salmon Hot or Salmon Cold. Chicken Too

Gastronomic delights follow me. When I check out media and sometimes a  feeling of being overwhelmed by a little pressure to be a fabulous cook just leaves me rumbling those pantry doors, then phew! Open a can of baked beans? Push an oversized slice of thick bread into the toaster? No! Take a large baking […]

Wild Walking

As the vertical path crumbled under the sole of my water-filled cavern of a walking boot, due to falling into the local brook, and despite lingering exhaustion due to late July heat, there were elberberries and a few blackberries erupting as I descended the route back via  The Bongs of Goostrey. One wet boot, one […]


Some years ago, there was a song by ‘Babybird’ titled ‘Georgous’. It was referring to a genre of how that word meant to the singer,  the guitarist and backing-singers in harmony on stage. The words were directed to the human form of the word, a celebration of attraction that two people felt. I feel that […]

Time still to prepare and sow

As the sunflowers show faces in our gardens with a smile and wave, I  felt a change of season coming and the breeze, wandered over for a catch-up this afternoon. I had missed the visit lengthily and hope he remains to refresh us all, our gardens and pets. It must be very gruelling for livestock […]


This week I will give you ideas and information about what is in season for you chefs to ready, steady and cook up recipes of your own, creating to impress family and friends with. Please try to source produce locally and support our farming community, produce suppliers within the surrounding villages, and please share with […]

Legislation and Hedge Cutting

Now is the time to consider tackling unruly hedges and shrubs as the bird nesting season begins to waiver. Some breeds build their nests in domestic hedges and countryside hedge rows, and are protected by law please visit The WCA (Wildlife and Countryside Act) of 1981 stipulates that certain hedges and shrubs may only […]


The elixir of life on planet earth. Water. The H2O is precious and vital to every living organism here on our tiny bubble in a multitude of universes, on earth. Water provides the moisture to our food and drinks. It feeds crops and animals. Please think before utilizing it. When we have it, please do […]