nature

Spring Rainbowblooms

The flowers are emerging at speed as life springs forwards. Last week saw more colours coming through. While yellow and purple were first to appear, now the blue flowers are popping up. I haven’t seen many red and orange flowers yet but love the spring green that provides a vibrant backdrop for all the flowers. […]

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nature

Shadows and Reflections

Duckling watch season is here and the canal beckons, particularly on a sunny day. Sadly, the ducklings were hiding today (but here are some from previous years – any excuse for duckling pictures…) However, the sunshine cast fascinating shadows as I fed the ducks. The swans happily admired their reflections. And the light sparkling on […]

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Eat, Grow, nature

Spring Into the Weekend

With spring now here, there are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Try one of these this weekend. Foraging: From wild garlic and nettle soup to dandelion and primrose salad, taste the spring by picking the best of the new season’s produce. Use the tips of nettles (first 4-6  leaves) and fresh new dandelion […]

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Art, Grow, Make, nature

Folklore Thursday: Spring Crafts

After a long winter, the daffodils, primroses and other spring flowers bursting through the soil bring a welcome flash of colour. I love spring and find it makes me want to make. I’ve long been a crafting fan and nature makes it impossible to avoid feeling inspired at this time of year. There are lots […]

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Eat, Grow

Get Growing

Now that spring is here, the urge to get gardening is upon me. I don’t let a little thing such as having no garden hold me back. Here are some ways you can enjoy the magic of gardening when you don’t have a garden. Make a Miniature Garden No matter how little space you have, […]

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nature

‘I Spy’ Along the Canal

I’ve long been a fan of canals. While many write them off as trolley-filled, dark and ominous, there’s a lot of beauty to be found along the canals, whether you’re in Ladbroke Grove or Leicestershire. Here are a few things to do on a canal walk. Feed the Birds   Don’t take bread with you […]

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Grow, nature

Spring is Here

Today marks the first day of spring, which is unsurprising given the flowers that have been popping up over the last few weeks.   Lambs and calves are becoming an increasingly common sight, and ducklings can’t be far behind… Celebrate equinox by planting seeds in the garden; creating a spring altar including daffodils, primroses and […]

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