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.

Ready for the weekend

Over the last few days, I’ve been preparing the stretch on the patio which was being used as a repository for miscellaneous objects looking for a better home. Thus, I moved the aforementioned in order to get the ball rolling … Continue reading

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Early morning pruning

I’ve been trying to get into a better sleep routine – summer mucks things up with it still being light at my normal bedtime but there is no excuse now! Anyway, going to bed earlier means I can get up … Continue reading

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No longer longing for rosemary

Last year, I was hopeful that the rosemary I had sown would grow. And indeed it has but it needs to be moved from its current location, which is where the pond is going to be. So, now it is … Continue reading

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A lot of wood needed

Reflecting upon the course of action I have planned to get the pond up and running, and seeing how big the rhubarb crown is (it’s nearly a foot deep), I decided another hugel bed had to go. In other words, … Continue reading

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Reconstruction starts

The rhubarb has at last retired for the winter: the final two leaves fell off the crown and have now entered the compost world. This means I have been able to dig out the rhubarb crown and put down some … Continue reading

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My very own red-veined sorrel

Earlier in the year at Old Sleningford Farm when we were tidying up the paths round the raised beds, there was red-veined sorrel, some of which I brought home to try. I’d expected it to be bitter but in fact … Continue reading

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Not Alone

Women’s Aid have a new fundraising campaign: a T-shirt or tote bag with the slogan ‘NOT ALONE Women’s Aid’ on the front. I would like to do more to help Women’s Aid but so far I have been unable to … Continue reading

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