A big thank you to our visitors

Forest of Dean

Thank you to our visitors We moved to Cinderford in the Forest of Dean in April 2016 and set up this blog. One of the first things I set up here was our Free Forest of Dean Directory as Both Vanda and I are passionate about supporting local, whether that is local business or local charities and social enterprises. The directory lists … Read More

Friday fish and chips from Littledean

Queuing at frydays Fish and Chips

Friday Fish and Chip ritual Since moving to Cinderford in the forest of dean we discovered Frydays Fish and Chips in Littledean, just down the road from us. There is always a queue but the wait is well worth it. These are the best chips I have had in years. Even the queue is fun as we chat to locals who … Read More

Beginners Guide to Starting a Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetables is one of the most rewarding parts of gardening. Yet planning and creating a garden can be a daunting prospect for beginners. Here on A Life in the Forest of Dean we have discussed our vegetable garden in June. In this post we look at some top tips to help you start your own vegetable garden. Start Small … Read More

Memorial to freeminers killed at Forest of Dean

Image captionThe memorial made of steel and stone stands next to Pan Tod beacon on Ruardean Hill A new memorial has been unveiled to remember freeminers who died in mining accidents in the Forest of Dean. The 7ft (2.13m) monument made of steel and stone stands next to Pan Tod beacon on Ruardean Hill, Gloucestershire and records the names of … Read More

End of summer garden tidy up

Garden Tidy Up

Tidying the Garden September is here and the weather is changing. Yesterday was bright and sunny, but today it is chilly and wet. Yesterday we took down the sweet peas. They have been marvelous this year but are now leggy and covered in greenfly. We can now see the clematis on the arch as the sweet peas really went mad … Read More

The end of the summer garden

summer garden

Summer garden nearly over Not quite of course, but you can see the changes. We are still eating beans. The runner beans are producing bumper harvests. We also tried some french climbing beans. The purple ones are delicious and grow well, but the white and yellow are just not as nice, so I’ll give them a miss next year. Other … Read More

A great day out to Chester


A day trip to Chester On Saturday we went to Chester with Grindles Coaches ( incredibly cheap at £15.50 per person ). We had a wonderful time. We were particularly impressed by the way that the old facades have been kept while encouraging commercial premises ( Gloucester take note ). We arrived about 11:30 and the place was already busy. … Read More

Feeling smug about recycling

This years compost heap

recycling in the Forest of Dean When we first moved to the forest of dean, I must admit my heart quailed at the number of bins the council provided. We have 1 for glass and tins, 1 for plastic, 1 for food waste, the main bin for household waste and a green bin for garden waste. However lately we have … Read More

Renewing our Wedding Vows

Renewing our Wedding Vows

Renewing our Wedding Vows Today ( 31st July ) is our 30th wedding anniversary. Yesterday we renewed our Wedding Vows at St Stephens Church in Cinderford. The first thing I want to do here is to give a great big thank you to Mary, who is @Bristolmary  on Twitter.  This lovely Lady who has never met either of us before took … Read More

Celebrating 30 wonderful years

Vanda enjoying Wine

30 years of marriage On Monday it will be the 30th anniversary of my marriage to the lovely Vanda. Today ( Sunday 30th ) we will be renewing our wedding vows at St Stephen’s Church . I’m not the worlds most religious person but I wanted to stand up in public and in front of my god to say how marvelous … Read More