Author Archives: Helen

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.

Two ounces of caraway seed

The forecast was for rain this evening, so it seemed appropriate to collect the caraway seed, which has been drying on the plants in the recent hot, dry weather. Just as well I did collect it, as we have had … Continue reading

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A bean pod

Every year, I vow that I will water more than I did the last year. It doesn’t happen. Except this year. I might still not be watering enough – there comes a point where the cost of watering outweighs the … Continue reading

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Starting on the garden makeover

Since the fence between my neighbour and I went up on Saturday, I’ve been able to evaluate in context the way I would like my garden to go. It already feels more like a garden, being more enclosed, although a … Continue reading

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My love of birds grows

This evening, a blackbird has been hiding in the strawberry undergrowth a lot. That is to say, each time I go into the garden it scuttles away to safety (relatively speaking). I’m really intrigued. What is it so determined to … Continue reading

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The difference a fence makes

At last, the day has arrived when I came home to a new fence down the east side of my back garden. The photo makes it look a bit wonky, which in fact it isn’t. However, my neighbour herself is … Continue reading

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The parts the dew don’t reach

Having commented last night that the garden looked remarkable green, in spite of the lack of rainfall, tonight I’ve noticed that one particular plant is starting to suffer. Just look at the leaves on this currant bush (not sure if … Continue reading

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Ten pm 3 July 2018

After piano this evening, I suddenly got the urge to clean my car windows. Then in a fit of enthusiasm for being outdoors I started watering and generally pottering about in the back garden. I completely forgot about the time … Continue reading

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