A Year of Nature Watching
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A Year of Nature Watching

2016 has been my most nature-filled year since childhood. It started with a desire to spend more time outside; was fuelled by discovering wonderful nature-loving people on Twitter through #30DaysWild, and getting into the habit of taking nature pictures every day; became more addictive as foraging season kicked in; and is now an important part … Continue reading

Don’t Waste: Make
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Don’t Waste: Make

I hate waste. I also grew up in a family of ‘makers’. From dressmaking to decoupage, stripping furniture to upholstery, and jewellery-making to embroidery, between them my various family members are pretty skilled at turning trash into treasure. I’ve yet to hone my furniture-making skills (though a sawdust-scented shed with nails and assorted ‘useful things’ … Continue reading

Warming Memories
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Warming Memories

As the nights grow colder, I am reminded of nights by the fire at Latitude Festival, and find myself wishing that firepits were more common. There’s something about sitting around  a communal fire that helps people open up. Feeding the fire can start conversations. Or you can just sit and watch the flames. I may … Continue reading

Gifts From Nature
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Gifts From Nature

Nature can help bring joy to the holiday season. You can create gifts to make money go further – and supplement your Christmas larder and decorations. Brightly coloured rosehip syrup is packed with vitamin C and great to drizzle into champagne cocktails. This was a blend of raw and cooked rosehip syrup. The raw rosehips … Continue reading