Margot’s Scribblings

If you like Margot’s musings then you might be interested to know where else you can find my work featured:

Regular columns and blogs

My Margot Tries the Good Life monthly column (print) can be found in Hampshire Life magazine – I also write features regularly for Hampshire Life too.

My monthly column at National Farmers’ Union Countryside  covers adventures with Monty, our working cocker spaniel and general gundog dunce and new addition, Isadora.

I write features and blogs for Country Child Magazine on all that is country and childlike and more in between.  I also blog about life in the countryside with our 2 girls (Primrose, our teenage 7 year old and Poppy, the walking stick of dynamite at 4) invariably baring my soul on living with tears, tantrums and tiaras…and that’s all before gin o’clock! Ain’t no party like a children’s party  Margot puts out the pot School gate fashion faux pas

Period Living Magazine featured my writing as a blog about renovating our 17th century cottage and garden.

Features and collaboration

Chatting to Jane Devonshire, winner of Masterchef 2016 about the challenges of cooking in the Masterchef kitchen, being crowned champion and how it all started as a bit of fun, Hampshire Life, October 2016 issue

Interviewing chef Tom Kerridge on Michelin stars and his love of British produce for Hampshire Life, September 2016 issue

‘Cured on the Farm’, Country Living UK May 2016 issue – a feature on Hampshire charcuterie from Parsonage Farm with photos by Simon Wheeler

‘Turning the magic of the New Forest into a bestseller’ Interviewing children’s author, Abi Elphinstone on her magical first book The Dreamsnatcher in Hampshire Life, November 2015 issue

‘Where it all started’ Interviewing the Knackered Mother herself, Helen McGinn, author and blogger of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club in Hampshire Life, August 2015 issue

Strawberry and Lavender jam, The Telegraph Food and Drink – June 2015

‘Wine, wit and wisdom’, interviewing BBC’s Saturday Kitchen wine stars, Susie Barrie and Peter Richards about wine (of course) and Winchester’s first Wine Festival, Hampshire Life, January 2015 issue

‘Say it with Cheese’, an interview with Stacey Hedges and Charlotte Spruce from Hampshire Cheeses, Countryside magazine December 2014 issue

Judge for Best Farm Shop in the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2014 and 2015 

Slow Cooked, a slow cooking challenge with The Happy Foodie and Ebury Publishing, celebrating Miss South’s fantastic new cookbook, Slow Cooked – November 2014

Quince and apple cheese recipe, Sunday Times Home (web edition) – November 2014 Gardener’s calendar

‘Gin o’clock’, a feature on Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill and Twisted Nose Gin of Winchester Distillery, a new artisan gin kid on the block, Hampshire Life Magazine November issue 2014

‘Hot Shot and Hot Cakes’, Country and Town House Magazine September issue 2014 – a feature on the rise of women only shooting clubs

Tomato and Tapenade tart recipe, Sunday Times Home (web edition) – August 2014 Gardener’s calendar

A collection of recipes and take on Rosie Ramsden’s great new cookbook, The Recipe Wheel, in collaboration with Penguin Random House’s The Happy Foodie – July 2014

Dishes straight from the countryside cooking pot in Margot’s Kitchen were also commissioned and featured on CountryWives site.


 BBC Radio 4’s programme, Bricks and Bubbles, talking about our move from the Big Smoke to the countryside.

BBC Radio Solent’s The Good Life, talking all things game and game cookery with Blackmoor Game and discussing the merits of marvellous marmalade – listen from 01:09:23

BBC Radio Solent’s The Good Life, four consecutive programmes featuring recipes from Margot’s Kitchen including pheasant wrapped in parma ham, venison pie, duck and lentils and roasted figs with quince ice cream (November/December 2015)

BBC Radio Solent’s The Good Life, four consecutive programmes features slow food recipes for gardeners, including coq au vin, spicy beef with chipotle beans, fennel and chorizo stew (February 2016)

Copy writing and editing

I have written copy for a variety of lovely companies and lifestyle websites including  Garden Trading, regularly write blogs for Muddy Paws and have worked on major projects, editing and writing for organisations such as the National Trust.


As a volunteer blogger for National Trust’s London and South East region in 2013, I blogged about getting out and about with Primrose (5) and Poppy (2), enjoying all that the National Trust has to offer and their amazing 50 Things project.  That summer saw my girls and I running round the countryside climbing trees and playing pooh sticks!  Here’s a little example of our adventures – click here

To add to a great first year of blogging, 2013 also saw me as a finalist in Britmums Brilliance in Blogging awards 2013 in the Lifestyle category.  I was also nominated for the MAD Blog Awards for Mums and Dads in 2013 and 2014.

I have also been a guest blogger for Life After London and the Smallholder Review

Freelance work

I am always looking for new things to write be it magazine features, blog posts, plain old content writing or product copy and love to be asked to do guest posts.   So if you like what you read and think that you could use a freelance writer like me, then please get in touch with me at or @Margotgoodlife

(All musings, scribblings and photos are my own work so pretty please, do ask me if you would like to use them)

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