Blog Awards

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Thanks to Katy at The Good Life in Practice for my One Lovely Blog/Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

This award comes with a bit of work attached, henceforth known as The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

So 7 things about The Smallest Smallholding (and me):

1. I started this blog in 2007, a scary almost-six years ago. I was 24, just out of university, and I had four ex-battery hens named after Beatle wives – Yoko, Maureen, Cynthia and Pattie. They’ve all now passed into the big chicken coop in the sky due to natural causes, but they were my first foray into the Good Life, and I loved them so much.

2. I have been a vegetarian for almost 21 years, and now I’m straying into the realms of veganism. It’s a logical step for me. Please don’t ask me where I get my protein. I get loads of it. And I grow some of it myself!

3. Our patch of land that we grow our veggies on used to be part of a larger market garden, during the Victorian and Edwardian era. Our only surviving relic of that time – a Victoria plum tree – finally gave in last year, when the heavy crop of plums pulled down the last large bough on it. We’re keeping the plum tree stump and turning it into a bird feeding station.

4. The first crops I grew were carrots, onions and garlic. I started with one tiny plot, and this year I’m planning on more. But our old patch of market garden was also used as a dumping ground for a builder in the 1970s, so the closer we get to one boundary line, the more bricks and rubble we have to dig through to get decent soil.

5. I really, really want to create a wildlife pond, but I’m still not sure where the best place to site it is.

6. I only ever take photos from angles where you can’t see the crap bits of our Smallest Smallholding (90% of it) – wheelbarrow full of rubble, broken tools, rotting shed, etc. Anyone that actually saw my Smallest Smallholding in person would laugh in my face. I want to change that this year.

7. 2012 was an utterly shambolic year as far as vegetable growing was concerned. I always feel that I get to wipe the slate clean and have another go at the beginning of each season – it keeps me sane.


Here are my nominees for the award:

1. Sue – Our New Life in the Country

2. Poppy – A Life Less Simple

3. Geoff – Guide to Gay Gardening

4. Karen – The Garden Smallholder

5. Amy – Turn to the Music

6. Helen – Downloand Views

7. Compostwoman – The Compost Bin

8. Tiny Farm Blog

9. ITFarmer

10. Robin – Red Breasted Bird (the red red robin goes blog blog blogging along)



  1. Thank you so much for the award, I’m chuffed to little mintballs 🙂

    I know what you mean about taking photos from clever angles to miss out the detritus that all us growers have lurking about the place, if you could see some of our less photogenic corners you would think I lived somewhere totally different.

    Thanks again.

    Sue xx

  2. Enjoyed reading the 7 things about you. I actually came across your blog via Katy’s and looks like you’ve listed some others so I’ll go and take a gander. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! Love your blog and very well deserved!