Monthly Archives: December 2020

‘A lot more’s been happening in 2020 than ….’*

I haven’t blogged as much this year, neither writing nor reading. I can hardly say it’s because of my busy social life, though in some ways it is. For example, the world has opened up in as far I’ve been … Continue reading

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Another hundred miles

It was quite fortuitous that I got excited after seeing the resident rodent had been in the dakek compost bin over the Christmas period. I’d been waiting for this to happen, so that I could get on with building another … Continue reading

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Christmas 2020

Overall, our Christmas has not been terribly different from other years. While we didn’t get to visit Granny and Granddad, we still went for a post lunch walk. The biggest difference, all told, was the temperature. It was bitterly cold … Continue reading

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Christmas growth and flowers

After much angst over nearly two years, it looks like the globe artichoke is not only going to survive but may become the plant I’d been hoping it would be. On the other hand, the Nine-star broccoli doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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A two-hour walk

I am so unfit! Yesterday, a friend took me on a walk from RSPB Fairburn Ings through the countryside and the village of Ledsham, which has a marvellous pub, although of course we weren’t able to whet our whistle there … Continue reading

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Big Compost Experiment (update)

It’s 12 months since I discovered the Big Compost Expriment being conducted by University College London. I became one of their participants around Christmastime last year, when I decided to watch one piece of packaging which purported to be home-compostable. … Continue reading

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I am aware that the majority of people who are likely to read this blog post are also likely to live too far away from Leeds to buy from independent retailers and makers in this area. However, is there such … Continue reading

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