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Tomato Love
Eat / Grow / Storytelling

Tomato Love

The tomato comes into its own at this time of year. While few joys in life are better than biting into a perfect sun-warmed tomato fresh from the vine, all too often, the taste is disappointing compared to the smell. However, even the most insipid shop-bought tomato can be turned into a comforting explosion of … Continue reading

Growing the Rainbow
Art / nature

Growing the Rainbow

After a few weeks, my phone is filling up with flower images that I’ve collected for #Rainbowblooms (Sundays 11am-6pm GMT). I love the beautiful diversity of flowers. I’ve also started to notice more and more details as I take more photographs: stamen fascinate me. They are so different and so beautiful. The colours are changing … Continue reading

Walking With Alpacas
nature

Walking With Alpacas

I am not sure why I first decided I wanted to walk with alpacas. I think the desire to learn more about camelids may have started when I saw a llama standing next to a sign warning about ducks crossing in Wittering. I later saw a place offering the chance to walk alpacas in the … Continue reading

Autumn Days
Eat / Gift / Grow / nature

Autumn Days

I have always loved Autumn. I blame the hymn Autumn Days which we sang at school: Autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell. Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled, All these things I love so well. Aside from the jet plane mention, which confused me then … Continue reading

Folklore Thursday: Respect Your Elder
Eat / Gift / Grow / nature / Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Respect Your Elder

As foraging season comes into its own, the hedgerows along the canal are bursting with elderberries. Having missed the window for elderflower champagne making this year, I was determined not to miss out on making elderberry port too. The process is simple enough – at least once you’ve discovered the secret weapon for easy elderberry … Continue reading