Art, Eat, Grow, Make, nature, Storytelling

5 Ways to Have Fun for Free This Weekend

Late summer is a wonderful time to have fun for free. The weather is generally mild enough to explore outdoors in relative comfort, and nature has provided a glut of free food and crafting supplies. Try one of these this weekend. Go Blackberrying   Blackberrying is an easy gateway to ore advanced foraging. It’s easy […]

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Art, Eat, Gift, Grow, Make

Upcycle Your Life: Home and Wedding Celebrations

On August 25th, head to Fearon Hall, Loughborough for the sixth Upcycle Your Life. This month, Upcycle Your Life has a home and wedding theme, to help you enhance your home and have a bargain wedding (or other kind of love celebration). Learn how to make your own bouquets, corsages, handfasting ribbons and wedding favours. Discover recipes […]

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Eat, Grow, Make, nature

Ease into Autumn

It may seem early to mention the A word, particularly when glorious sun and blue skies are a recent memory, but the hedgerows are heralding the change of seasons. Rather than resisting, embrace nature’s bounty and it will make the slide towards darkness a lot less bleak. Make Cake Cake is an easy way to […]

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Eat, Grow, nature

Get Gardening

The weekend is the ideal time to get gardening, if you don’t have to work. It combines the joys of choosing plants, whether from a garden centre, fete or seedling swap; breathing in depression- fighting bacteria in soil; exercising most of your body; and helping wildlife. You don’t need a garden to start gardening. If […]

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Grow, Make, nature

30 Days Wild: Bring the Outdoors In

I’m not always able to leave the house but indoor gardening means I can still enjoy nature when I’m stuck at home. I mix cuttings that fall from plants with seeds and herb cuttings I’ve taken to have a constant supply of kitchen herbs and a pretty garden. Fake houses, painted rocks, shells and elves […]

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Grow, nature

30 Days Wild: Grow

Growing your own salad can cut shopping bills and reduce waste. Lettuce windowboxes and tomatoes in tubs are great if you have limited space, and a well stocked herb windowbox can make cooking on a budget more enjoyable. It’s not too late to start. Scatter dried peas in a container for delicious pea shoots; sow […]

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Eat, Grow

Why Waste?

Tonnes of food are wasted every year – £13bn worth in the UK in 2015. With shopping bills getting pricier and landfill getting fuller, reducing food waste makes sense. The food-themed Upcycle Your Life event in May provided numerous ideas for reducing waste. The Utilise Cafe made use of food that would otherwise have been […]

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