Compost diaries: Improving soil and gardening for a better world

Have you ever known anyone who keeps a compost diary? Well you do now; virtually at least! Composting is one of the most amazing things about gardening. It’s not the prettiest, or the most fragrant or those most immediately gratifying, but building the structure of your soil is one of the most import and rewarding things you can do as a gardener. I’m no soil expert, but I’ve been gardening long enough to see the … More Compost diaries: Improving soil and gardening for a better world

In the garden growing the stuff of life

We’re coming to that time of year when the blog can get sadly neglected and the garden takes over. As I start this post before I forget about it, I should really be preparing the ground for the cucumbers to go out, planting out my tomatoes, potting on seedlings and planting more seeds. I observed this tendency last years when I shared an overview of the garden towards the end of the season in September, … More In the garden growing the stuff of life

The turn of the year: back into cotton knits

Spring has, I think, definitely sprung. I did think much the same a few weeks ago but it seems that I was a little premature as we then had a week of rain (the first in months) and the temperatures dropped. This time I’m a little more confident that while it’s still a little chilly in the shade, the fierceness of the full sun means it’s here to stay. Other tell are signs include: having … More The turn of the year: back into cotton knits

Rhubarb Shortbread; My very own food love story

Do you ever have those days when you’re just getting on with things, doing chores while your mind wanders, and then you’re stopped in your tracks by the sheer joy of something. A joy you’d forgotten about. I had this feeling today about, of all things, rhubarb! I was making my ever popular and much requested rhubarb shortbread. I do it every year and that’s perhaps why I wasn’t thinking much about it until I … More Rhubarb Shortbread; My very own food love story

Fashion Revolution Week: Money Fashion Power #WhoMadeMyClothes

Today marks the start of Fashion Revolution Week 2022. While the title may not be so familiar, hopefully the hastag #WhoMadeMy Clothes will resonate, and perhaps also, #WhatsInMyCothes and #LovedClothesLast. Today I want to say a ‘few’ words about each and I’ll direct you to some fabulous resources which explore these issues in depth but also with precision and concision. The theme for this year’s Fashion Revolution is week ; MONEY FASHION POWER a triptych … More Fashion Revolution Week: Money Fashion Power #WhoMadeMyClothes