Monthly Archives: August 2012

What’s wrong with the pumpkin?

I was really shocked this morning when I stepped outside to see how the garden had been doing overnight: my one and only decent pumpkin was splitting: We shouldn’t get frost for another couple of months, so that can’t be … Continue reading

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Spot the caterpillar

The rain started yesterday, just as we were packing up (fortunately) at the end of a Bank Holiday Monday carboot sale. This morning, on the other hand, it looks set to stay gloriously sunny all day and I’ve been having … Continue reading

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The month of chard (and other leaves)

    Over the last week or so my garden has changed shape… the broad beans and onions – and the potatoes which had grown by chance in the same patch of ground – came out and last weekend the … Continue reading

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What does ‘art’ mean to you?

The curator at the Henry Moore Institute gasped in horror and his voice went up to a falsetto as he rushed to prize my daughter off the block in the middle of the room (a sculpture, which looked like a block of concrete painted pink), which she had rushed towards as we entered the gallery. The reception was no less cool elsewhere at the Institute, so we hastily went nextdoor to Leeds Art Gallery, where thankfully no one gave my five-year-old a frosty look for enjoying the art experience.

However, the embarrassment at the Henry Moore Institute has clarified my understanding of how I appreciate art and what indeed it is for me!

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Slow living – July

Following on from my posts at the end of May and June about slow living, below is the record of what I’ve been doing in July, based on the blog, Slow Living Essentials. Nourish As with May and June, I … Continue reading

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<a href="Click here for National Zero Waste week 2012” title=”National Zero Waste Week 2012″>National Zero Waste Week 2012

This year the challenge for households is to reduce the amount of waste they put into landfill, so recyling ‘one more thing’.

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How much do we need plastic?

How much do we need plastic?.

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The waiting game…….

I’ve just picked nearly half a pound of strawberries, so it is not quite true that I am back to waiting for crops be ready. However…. the mangetout are on their last legs and I will get only one, perhaps … Continue reading

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