Art, Eat, Gift, Grow, nature

The Countryside Show

On a bank holiday, what could be better than getting into the countryside and eating tasty food while admiring the work of expert craftspeople? It’s my idea of heaven, at least, so when I saw an ad for the Countryside Show at Beacon Hill, Leicestershire, I had to get tickets. There were numerous demonstrations from sheepdog […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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nature

Love a Duck

The first creatures to entrance me when I moved near a canal were ducks: ducklings, to be precise. I moved in the spring and was soon hooked on watching them grow up: my own natural soap opera. I now see them as my pets (without any ownership – they are still their own ducks. I […]

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Art, nature

White Flowers

Rainbowblooms gives me a chance to share pictures the colour of the rainbow every Sunday. However, I don’t limit myself to taking flower photos in rainbow colours alone (leaving aside the small matter that a rainbow is All the Colours – and light magic too). Each week, I find myself with pictures of white flower pictures […]

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Art, nature

Beautiful Bugs

I’ve never really appreciated bugs. However, since 30 Days Wild introduced me to the joys of nature photography, I’ve developed a newfound appreciation of the beauty of insects of all kinds. It started when I caught this bee on camera. Bees (particularly bumble bees) are the teddy bears of the insect world. Even people who […]

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