Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Roman View?

Towards the end of the summer, I wrote a post about the North York Moors, which were once covered with trees but have been denuded by and for sheep. I don’t know much about the history of the landscape around … Continue reading

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A fitting name….

I used to live in a part of Leeds called Horsforth, which I now realise I didn’t explore in any great depth. Fortunately, I have a friend who still lives there, who yesterday showed us a part which was very … Continue reading

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A pigeon and wellies

Today turned out to be good for the soil in a couple of ways. Firstly, as I was wandering the garden, admiring the primroses, marvelling at the hardiness of the marigolds and taking note of edible shoots (garlic, chives and … Continue reading

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Euphorbia

Christmas has felt most peculiar this year. Perhaps it is because we had our big lunch with Granny and Granddad yesterday and in the same day I booked a cookery class for my birthday next year! In any case, my … Continue reading

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Homemade bonemeal

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, the idea of buying bones for stock and then bashing them into bonemeal might make you feel sick. Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian and certainly I wouldn’t have been able to do … Continue reading

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Not bitter at all!

On Friday, I learned of a year-round salad that I could forage from my very own garden. I say ‘forage’ as Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a wildflower which I had previously been pulling up and disposing of. I espied … Continue reading

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Hairy Bittercress

Until ten years ago, I walked everywhere – or for long(er) distance journeys, took the train. Then circumstances changed and I got a car. Over time, my life evolved to make use of the car more and more frequently. For … Continue reading

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Rethinking the bokashi

For almost three years, I’ve been using a bokashi bin to ferment all manner of food waste for use as fertiliser in the garden. There is no doubt under normal circumstances that the contents of the bin become excellent compost … Continue reading

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The novelty of working at three degrees

It was so cold today, the secateurs were like ice cubes in my hands. Likewise, it was not comfortable holding the spade. However, I was pleased to get a few small jobs out of the way in the garden this … Continue reading

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A rat in the hugel bed

Two years ago around Christmastime, a rat decided to dig a tunnel into the compost bin. I therefore moved the bin and the rat disappeared. This year, there were again the telltale signs of a rat digging into the bin, … Continue reading

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