Conkers and spiders and wonderful trees

Conkers and spiders and wonderful trees

The morning after last week’s storms, our morning walk was littered with ‘conkers’, the large and shiny seeds of the Horse Chesnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Ryan started picking some of the nicer ones up. “The people at work”, he said, “have been discussing whether or...
Our microplastic mess

Our microplastic mess

If your recycling bin is anything like mine, then it’s overflowing with plastic packaging. The rubbish bin is even worse – filled with plastic wrap and other bits and pieces that can’t currently be recycled and have to be sent off to landfill. We’re drowning in...
Mesolithic Meals

Mesolithic Meals

Last month, writing on the topic of blackberries for Lubera, I made the observation that the British don’t have a tradition of foraging. It made me wonder again when and why we lost it (which I started wondering when I was writing about Sea buckthorn on FB for...
Is growing veg easy?

Is growing veg easy?

Growing veg-easy?Discuss…..#shoutyhalfhour #gardenersworld — Sara Venn (@Saralimback) July 28, 2017 Is growing veg easy? There’s a big trend in the gardening media at the moment promoting growing your own vegetables as easy, or simple. The prevailing wisdom seems to...
How well would we cope with rationing?

How well would we cope with rationing?

I’ve always been fascinated by the Home Front, the enlistment of every man, woman and child in the British Isles in an effort to beat Hitler through food rationing, making do and mending, salvage, growing your own and basically making the most of scarce resources with...

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