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Spring Flavours
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Spring Flavours

As the days get lighter, I find myself drawn to lighter food. Try some of the following to balance the fresh produce of the season with the weather outside. Dandelion, sorrel and baby spinach salad. Add goat’s cheese or mozarella,  and sprinkle with lemon juice, oil and finely chopped red chilli if you like a … Continue reading

Wild About Wildflowers
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Wild About Wildflowers

Want to learn more about wildflowers, or see photos of the flowers that spread as they will – and are often described as weeds? To me, a wildflower is as beautiful as anything planted deliberately. Indeed, they are often even more intricate and delicate when you get close. Whether you want to learn more about … Continue reading

Celebrate Spring
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Celebrate Spring

Easter has long been a time of feasting and celebration. There are associated rituals galore, from egg decoration and rolling to whipping young women with bundles of sticks, and dousing them in water. While the latter sounds rather unappealing, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend that involve more fun (and less cold … Continue reading

Folklore Thursday: Forget-me-not Folklore
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Folklore Thursday: Forget-me-not Folklore

I’ve always loved forget-me-nots. I can’t remember when I first heard their bittersweet name but their tiny blue flowers – and occasional pink or purple variation – always stand out in a cluster of ‘weeds’. The folklore behind forget-me-nots is unsurprisingly poignant. Once worn to represent fidelity when separated from a partner,  one myth says … Continue reading

Duckling Dilemma
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Duckling Dilemma

I have been eagerly waiting the chance to get a close up photo of the ducklings who first appeared on the canal a couple of weeks ago. The weather, work, health and elusive ducklings conspired to make me wait. But yesterday, I saw my first duckling up close – and spent half an hour in … Continue reading