Insect Armageddon

Insect Armageddon

National Nest Box Week starts tomorrow. This annual event encourages us to head out and hang up a new nest box, so that our favourite garden birds have somewhere to raise a family. It’s one thing that may help slow their decline. Whilst we have been bombarded...
What is the Hungry Gap?

What is the Hungry Gap?

Guy Singh-Watson of Riverford Organics is warning about the risks of Brexit-related disruptions to our food supply, timed to coincide with the ‘Hungry Gap’. He says “to be told by people who have no idea how their food is produced that this is...
Potato Pete in the 21st century

Potato Pete in the 21st century

During the Second World War, the British Isles were subjected to a Nazi naval blockade, the aim of which was to disrupt food imports and starve the British people into submission. Shipping, whatever it was carrying, had to get past the German U-boats before it could...
The New Home Front Community

The New Home Front Community

Regular readers will have noticed that I had my head in the World War 2 Home Front at the end of last year – the ways in which ordinary people ‘did their bit’ and contributed to the war effort. The Home Front wasn’t confined to the UK, it was...
Cauliflower and rosemary tart

Cauliflower and rosemary tart

Last Sunday, Nigel Slater published two ‘pie’ recipes in the Guardian. Neither is a pie in the ‘topped with pastry’ sense, but we’ll allow him some latitude. His Cauliflower and Rosemary Tart caught my eye, because it would make use of...
Hard Water Hair Care

Hard Water Hair Care

I have pretty much always lived in areas with hard water, and with its knock-on effects – scale in the kettle, dried out skin and soap scum on everything. Using detergent-based toiletries has always made sense to me, because (with our water) they’re easier...