Category Archives: Good for the environment

Slate (and coffee cups)

Last year, at Old Sleningford Farm, we cleaned the slate nameplates for the apple trees in the forest garden. From that moment, I wanted to have slate nameplates for my own trees. Eighteen months later, I decided to put an advert … Continue reading

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Waiting for a Freegler

A couple of years ago, I broke down our sofa (donated by a neighbour) to make way for a piano. I tried to salvage as much as I could for repurposing, including the wadding, which I imagined using for cushions. … Continue reading

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Pea happy!

I was in half a mind not to go to the Fuel for Schools stall today as it can be a bit hit-and-miss – easy to pick up stuff we really wouldn’t normally buy and probably shouldn’t be eating. For … Continue reading

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Three for the price of one

Never in my life have I bought peat – not as pots or compost. I was therefore less than thrilled to see a gardening kit in my Christmas stocking which included such.  In general, I try to make sure I … Continue reading

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The case of drawers

My fridge-freezer had been showing signs of aging and not wanting to poison us with something which had repeatedly thawed and refrozen, I went out and bought a new one yesterday afternoon. I was a little astounded that in just … Continue reading

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Lessons in being a lumberjack

On with the steel-toed boots and hard hat today. I had intended to make it to the Skelton Grange Conservation Centre for their volunteer workday long before the last time, a year ago, but you know how it is. Anyway, … Continue reading

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Extolling the virtues of an airing cupboard

My sister recently suggested I could get a combi-boiler and do away with the tanks in the loft. Sounds great – I could even get a room or two up there. But hang on a minute, what about the airing … Continue reading

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