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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nature

Swan Watching

One of the joys of living near the canal is that I get to see all manner of wildlife growing up. I have the ideal pets for a commitmentphobe: low-maintenance but bringing me lots of happiness, with no more demands than the occasional bag of birdseed. There are ducks, moorhen and swans – and a […]

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Eat, Gift, Grow, nature

Foraging Fun

I have long loved foraging. As a child, my grandparents and parents told me tales of their own childhood scrumping; took me strawberry picking (which felt like foraging as I wasn’t paying); and introduced me to the wonders of the hedgerows. Over the years, I’ve added annual elderflower and elderberry foraging to top up my […]

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Art, Grow, nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Flower Fairies

When I was a child, my mother would take me into the garden at night to look for fairies. Somehow, I always just missed seeing them but I never doubted her word that they were there. I also missed out on seeing Albert the Pixie, at my grandparent’s house. However, Albert always took the 2p […]

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