nature

12 Nature Memories From 2016

This year has been filled with adventures in nature (albeit more of the ‘feeding the ducks’ than going on an epic quest variety). As 2016 draws to a close, here are some of my favourite experiences. Duckling Watching Going on an Alpaca Walk Creating a Garden of Love at Latitude Festival Seeing a Perfect Rainbow […]

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nature

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 […]

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Shifting Colours of the Seasons

The colours of the year change, reflecting the world back in a different way each month. Now, the pale dark nights are brightened with festive decorations. Lights on the tree and brightly coloured wrapping paper can remind us of brighter days. January February March April May June July August September October November December

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Gift, Make

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’ […]

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Eat, Gift, Grow

Top ten accessories for gardening in the rain

As Sir Rannulph Fiennes said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” And so it is with gardening in the rain. You just need to be prepared. Eschew jeans in favour of looser fitting trousers,  easily peelable leggings, or best of all, waterproof ski-wear (charity shops often have day-glo or otherwise hideous […]

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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 […]

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