Philip Judge

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As a young man living in the city I was oblivious to the allure of the Magimix but years of country life have made me more susceptible to its charms. (...)

The ‘welly tree’ created by Philip Judge.

More than a decade ago I made my first “Welly Tree”. Consisting of broom handles stuck into a lump of wood, it was a convenient way of storing muddy b(...)

Preparing Seville oranges for home made marmalade. Photograph Getty

I never suspected I’d one day yearn for a preserving pan but now I wish I’d asked for one for Christmas. The bright snowdrops and brave daffodils fail(...)

These shelves need the Philip Judge book-classification treatment. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Christmas has left an awful lot of freshly acquired stuff behind and our cottage seems to have shrunk. For years a slow motion tsunami of accumulating(...)

Faint echoes of adult choices made before we had kids haunt the tree.

Christmas is almost here and I am just where I want to be: in an armchair, a glass of something sticky at my elbow, scoffing Christmas cake and contem(...)

A wet day brings out the shortcomings of a damp cottage. Photograph: Getty Images

I woke up this morning and gave my wife an affectionate squeeze. She responded with a tut and a frown: had I been snoring again, or mumbling inappropr(...)

Home Theatre (Ireland): Elaine Murphy in Caroline’s Wedding, for Rose Emmet

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) Draíocht, Blanchardstown ★ ★ ★ ★ This collaboration between theatre professionals and people in Dublin 15 offers  in(...)

The jars of chutneys, pickles, jams and jellies have nowhere to go – apart from the hearth of the unused kitchen fireplace. Photograph: Getty

A recent article in these pages unleashed a wave of envy and aspiration in our house which has yet to subside. It was about streamlined living in effi(...)

Champagne? Photograph: Getty Images

The first Christmas after we met, my wife gave me some tea towels and I nearly broke up with her. Perhaps I really needed some. Maybe I was drying pla(...)

Vegetable patch. The labour in the garden may be long but the rewards are lasting. Photograph: Getty Images

From mid July to late August the bounty from the vegetable garden almost makes up for the toil, sweat and tears that went into its making. The corn i(...)

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