About

I am a freelance journalist based in Bristol. I write about interiors, design and style as well as occasional pieces about food for various national newspapers and magazines. I have also written three books for Ryland Peters & Small (Christmas Inspirations, Children’s Parties and Gift Wrapping).

I am married to cartoonist and illustrator Joe Berger and we have three daughters, one cat and a Cairn terrier. I love to read, cook, garden, and knit (I’m LotteB on ravelry) and sometimes I have been known to sew.

This blog is a place for me to chart the progress of my garden, the renovation of our house and my love of Bristol and its creative inhabitants.

26 thoughts on “About

  1. How delightful to discover another soul sister through Jane Brocket’s blog. One of the virtues (not sure if that’s the right word) of technology is connecting with and being inspired by those that share a certain passion. I too have raised three children and find my true passions to be found close to my heart and hearth in the forms of knitting, sewing, gardening, cooking and caring for loved one (two legged and four legged.)
    I write from Santa Barbara, California. However the photos of Bristol take me back to memories of a semester in college when I lived in London and studied Theatre.
    Thank you and cheers!
    Michelle

  2. OH! So wonderful to ‘find’ you via a link from yarnstorm/Jane Brocket!
    I love your ‘eye’!
    I live half-way between Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington, in Chehalis Washington (state, not DC). My brother lives in Surrey, which I now consider my ‘home away from home’, and it seems we always visit at the holidays. I miss England in the spring!

    I’ll pop in to your blog now and again to keep track of your allotment, your potatoes and what flowers the girls plant!

    Cheers!

    Marie

    • Thanks for your lovely comment. I visited Seattle many years ago and thought it was a fabulous city – I particularly remember the joy of Starbucks as it hadn’t hit our shores at that time. It felt so exotic and wonderful – good coffee and boxes of bing cherries covered in chocolate! Of course now we are overrun with Starbucks and I rarely bother with them.

  3. How delightful to discover another soul sister through Jane Brocket’s blog. One of the virtues (not sure if that’s the right word) of technology is connecting with and being inspired by those that share a certain passion. I too have raised three children and find my true passions to be found close to my heart and hearth in the forms of knitting, sewing, gardening, cooking and caring for loved one (two legged and four legged.)I write from Santa Barbara, California. However the photos of Bristol take me back to memories of a semester in college when I lived in London and studied Theatre.Thank you and cheers!Michelle
    +1

  4. Hi Charlotte

    We’re coming to Bristol on Friday for a very brief visit to see Nick’s sister in Upper Cheltenham Place…
    Not sure what we’re up to – or whether you are around… but thought it might be nice to say Hi even if it’s a very quick one, so perhaps email me your address…

    Annie x

  5. Hi .Charlotte,
    Have just found your delightful blog and really enjoyed reading your older posts. I am particularly interested in Bristol as my youngest son is coming to the university in October. He is so looking forward to the bustle of a city after living in a small village in Warwickshire all his life!

  6. I’ve just found your blog through Yarnstorm and I love your writing! I love a writer who can convey a thought, an emotion or anything with spare words and the fact that you’re funny as well is a bonus!

  7. Hi Charlotte, I just found your blog through Yarnstorm. I love it. I’ve bookmarked you for morning reading with coffee in hand in New York city. Happy New Year.

  8. Hi Charlotte, I’ve also found your blog through Yarnstorm. It is a pleasure to read. I am on the other side of the world, and it amuses me that our days are filled with so many similar preoccupations and yet are so different.

  9. I really enjoy your blog, but would it be possible to get it by RSS feed? I prefer to receive my blogs that way, as then they are automatically “filed,” and my poor beleaguered inbox does not overflow even more…..

    Thanks
    Amanda

    • Thanks for letting me know about this as I thought I had the RSS feed set up, but obviously I haven’t. I’ll look into it. I’m afraid I am pretty hopeless when it comes to the technical side of blogging. I’ll email you when I know what’s going on! So glad you enjoy my blog, and I’m sorry that you’ve not been able to access it more conveniently.

  10. I’ve come to your blog via a link from another and have just spent a lazy leisurely hour listening to Lawrence on Classic FM, reading and enjoying your wonderful photography and writing, when I should have been working my way through a long long to do list! Thank you I’ve loved it what a spirit lifter. So now on this lovely sunny Sunday in South Bristol I feel motivated to get on with my to do list.

  11. Imagine my delight upon finally tracking down your blog ( after many attempts at guessing the name), loving it AND finding a birthday message to meeee!!! Took me minute to twig…. I smiled all the way to work. And such a tonic to have a glimpse of England while making my way to work through grimy Boston. Will have to send you pics of my 3rd floor veggie garden, of which I’m very proud…greens coming out of our ears, radishes, snap peas so far… Hope this gets to you-have never replied to a blog. Will be tuning in to get my English garden fix… Love 44 year old Becca ( gasp!) wish you’d been here on the 2nd to grab afistful ofmy cake…

  12. Hi Charlotte
    I made an enquiry about Clematis Texensis Buckland Beauty and up you popped,Had just received seed of it from Greece together with several other varieties.
    My plants are my passion within a quarter acre garden, along with my Springer Spaniel.
    Your writing and pictures I enjoyed and can relate to although your family is as mine was in the 1970s
    Two months ago I welcomed my first great Grandchild.
    Forgot to mention I recognize some of your pictures as I live a few miles up the Road on the Hanham St George border.

  13. Lovely blog Charlotte, and very lovely to see you at the launch of A Good Egg! Its really great to connect with other food & gardening nuts in Bristol. It looks like from you photos you live near St Andrews park, a park I know well – my dogs just love it there with so many canine friends.

  14. Hi Charlotte noticed that you have written about wrapping paper…Im really keen to make some out of my designs. Do you know anyone who prints wrapping paper ?? I have not found anyone . Long shot I know …

  15. Hello,

    My name’s Clare and I’m part of the DotComGiftShop team.

    I recently discovered your excellent blog, Charlotte’s Plot, and wanted to let you know we’ve included it in our post ’20 gorgeous gardening blogs’. You can see the post here:

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  16. Just to let you know I now have some work hanging at the RWA until 23rd Jan 2014. Thre is also work at Object de Desire at cABOT cIRCUS If you still want to meet for a coffee that would be great. sUE

  17. Hi Charlotte – I have arrived here via ‘I wrote this sitting at the kitchen sink’ and chocolate marmalade cake. I made this cake from Nigella’s recipe some years ago & then forgot how good it was. I am going to make it again tomorrow for our weekend cake. After a good look around I love your blog & will be following – I hope you keep posting this year! Also loved your tip about scissors & marmalade – I have a box of Sevilles in the fridge – with this tip I might actually have a go at the marmalade.

    Julie

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