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 Brexit 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...
This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

On this day last year, I won a competition – 5 signed books from Triodos Bank. They sat on my Unread shelf for a while, and eventually I shelved them properly (still unread). This morning I have pulled one out – This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. So...
Wartime Wednesday: Pilchard and Cabbage Spread

Wartime Wednesday: Pilchard and Cabbage Spread

In episode 8 of the BBC’s Wartime Farm historian Ruth Goodman decides to do some picnic catering for a party in the park, an event that would have been encouraged under the ‘Holidays at Home’ scheme – an attempt to provide some light relief for...