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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nature

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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nature

Look Up

Even the greyest day can be brightened by looking up. The clouds are an ever-changing art gallery. And clear skies can be just as enrapturing.

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nature

Focus on Nature

A walk in nature is wonderful in its own right. However, if you have kids to entertain, or a busy mind that refuses to let go of work stresses, you may need something extra to focus attention on. Try these to make your next nature walk even more engaging. Count the Colours How many different […]

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nature, Storytelling

Tree Stories

The naked trees dominate the landscape at the moment. While blossoming trees bring joy to spring, bare branches show the complexity of trees, creating striking silhouettes against the sky. The Woodland Trust is currently asking people to share their tree stories, in support of creating a tree charter. They explain on their site: “The charter will be […]

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nature

A Frosty Reception

Today, the cold may have made it hard to stay outside for long without freezing fingers and instilling a chill that required many recuperative cups of tea. However, the lingering frost painted magical pictures.

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3 Ways You Can Benefit From Nature

Weekends offer a great opportunity to get out in nature, assuming you don’t have to work. I find that spending time outside is a great way to relax after a stressful week – and generally leads to creative stimulation too. Studies indicate that spending time in nature has numerous benefits. Here are a few ways […]

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