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.

Peat-free compost

This morning, I did my first Pilates class in an attempt to strengthen my back muscles. So far, so good. I didn’t attempt to lift the bag of compost I bought later on too much, though. It took me long … Continue reading

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Rhubarb in curry and a new pot

My take-home this time after a weekend with my parents was an exceedingly large pot for the garden. There isn’t currently a proper resting place for it, so it’s had to go next to the newest apple tree but I … Continue reading

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Ipomoea

Yesterday, the lady who I’d given cowslips to a couple of weeks ago came to our Knit and Natter group with gifts of her own. Now, it turns out that there are many types of Ipomoea, more about which can … Continue reading

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Beans and more beans

Yesterday, the beans I had sown directly in the ground started coming through. Yay! Honestly, it’s been quite cold at night, so this comes as something of a surprise. But if they are coming through, then the beans I sowed … Continue reading

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An alternative to soapwort?

A year or two back, I read Mark Boyle’s The Moneyless Manifesto, which I found quite inspirational. Now, I am aware that if we didn’t have money, people would find plenty of other ways of being, say, corrupt or envious. … Continue reading

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Phlox and Artemisia

On Sunday, in addition to all the sights indulged in, I went on a bit of a spending spree in Helmsley. Hunters of Helmsley is a fantastic place to stock up on organic unbleached flour and the like. But I … Continue reading

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A day of beautiful flowers

The more I visit Helmsley Walled Garden, the more I love it. Today was the first time I had been in the spring and I wasn’t to be disappointed. Look at the spectacular tulips in a meadow (with Helmsley Castle … Continue reading

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