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...
2019 Garden Plan

2019 Garden Plan

Last autumn I started thinking about what I wanted to grow this year, and I decided that – given the current political situation – it might be wise to have a garden of more traditional crops, ones that we enjoy eating, and which would give us fresh food in...
We Are Worth Saving

We Are Worth Saving

When I bought my first house, way back in 2001, I was already an environmentalist. It started – as it so often does – with a childhood love of animals and a desire to save them. Back then it was all about dolphin-friendly tuna, the ozone layer, and and...
The Moose in the Tar Sands

The Moose in the Tar Sands

This morning I have finished reading the Introduction of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, a call to arms to everyone on the planet to prevent climate change becoming a human-extinction event. A week ago, the Guardian published an article suggesting that...