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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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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