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January Joys

The year is slowly getting lighter. More flowers are brightening the canal bank, while berries add flashes of colour to the hedgerows. The skies have put on their own displays, from clear blue purity to dramatic clouds. The trees have been stars of the skyline, revealing the beauty of their branches, without the cover of […]

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Gift, Grow

How to use herbs #1: Grow your own toiletries

Growing fruit and veg is a wonderful way to reduce your food bill, but with a bit of imagination, you can cut your shopping bill even further. At this time of year, you may well only have herbs to play with, particularly if it’s your first year of gardening, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited […]

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Ducklings

It may be too early in the year for ducklings (though I did see lambs in Somerset a little while ago). However, ducklings always make me smile, so here are a few from last year. It will be duckling time again soon enough…

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New Life

The mild winter seems to be encouraging the flowers to open up. This week, I saw my first daisy of the year. With every day, more flowers appear. Berries still fill the hedgerows, providing food for the birds. There are plants at all stages of their life, but as the days grow lighter, more new […]

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New Year

Seasons change, but there are many overlapping seasons and experiences. Chinese New Year is also known as the lunar new year, and falls later than the new year celebrated on 1st January, based on the Gregorian calendar. For me, the later date seems more apt a start to the new year. Spring is starting to […]

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