Field and Flower

On Sunday, we drove out to a place called Altofts to collect some books that a kind gentleman had offered me on Nextdoor, an app which connects neighbours (who sign up). Altofts isn’t actually next door, however, so in order to feel that there had been some greater justification for driving my car to collect some reading material, I looked up what might be of interest in the area.

As it happens, we’d already seen much roundabout but there appeared to be a wood which was new to us on the road to Wakefield. So, we set off and found some beautiful fields full of poppies, though sadly nowhere to stop off to take a photo. By the time we found a spot by the side of the road, we were too far passed the fields but at least we were by some woodland.

Shame about the fly-tipping!

Field and Flower also featured again on Monday, as a much anticipated delivery of British fish arrived from a company of that name. My daughter loves fish but we rarely eat it, not least because I am concerned about the effects of over-fishing. However, this company supports a different model and, whilst I could probably find more local fish, I have no idea how it will have been caught.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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17 Responses to Field and Flower

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    Thank you for the link to Field and Flower; what an interesting and useful company. By the way, our Green Johanna is working marvellously! It gives off such heat and all the stuff we pack it with reduces so quickly.

  2. Somehow fly tipping is worse in a beautiful area. One of the items we found buried in our garden when we arrived was a bath complete with taps.

  3. When we replaced the bathroom here we kept the old bath and I use it as a waterbutt. A friend has just used one found in her new garden as a pond. Many local fields have one as a water trough and when we used to go to farm sales they were often bought for that use.

    Thank you for the link Helen. I like fish and before lockdown there was a local market where I could have ought it straight from the fisherman But I never managed to get there on the right morning. Maybe buying on-line is the answer.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, it is more difficult to source certain things at the moment. The indoor market in Leeds has opened up again but I don’t know where their fish comes from or how it is caught… I think I need to ask!
      Interesting to know that so many people seem to use baths in their home or garden. I’ve seen them about myself. However, I’m sure the bath in my photo was an example of fly-tipping. There was lots of other rubbish strewn about, so my guess is that people had stopped by the road at the point where we were parked and lobbed unwanted stuff into the trees. There was all manner of big objects as well as the more usual wrappings and such.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    Nice to discover a new wood Helen. I was wondering if yes that was a bath in your first photo? Baths in a garden can be useful too. Our old cast iron bath was left in the garden and after I just could not get rid of it I put soil in it and this spring I sowed calendula, well you should see it, it makes a fine raised bed and the calendulas are just about to flower.

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