Category Archives: Social

Field and Flower

On Sunday, we drove out to a place called Altofts to collect some books that a kind gentleman had offered me on Nextdoor, an app which connects neighbours (who sign up). Altofts isn’t actually next door, however, so in order … Continue reading

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‘Be kind. Be compassionate. Have patience.’

How have you been doing for exercise recently? At my end, things have been decidedly poor. A couple of weeks ago, I therefore realised I had to take myself in hand and find ways to incorporate more walking into my … Continue reading

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GCSE Natural History Consultation Hub

I’d love to be able to contribute to the consultation below but don’t feel I have the necessary background. However, I’m pleased that the government is planning a GCSE in Natural History. Wouldn’t this have been great to study at … Continue reading

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“Thanks for supporting an indie“

With libraries being closed and not set to open any time soon (presumably because they don’t create much revenue rather than because it’s harder to have social distancing in comparison with a clothes shop!), I’d been considering my options. Ordinarily, … Continue reading

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Fairburn Ings in summer

Years ago, a friend invited me to have a look round Fairburn Ings, an RSPB site just over the border in North Yorkshire. At that point, I was suffering from a major depression and it didn’t clock with me where … Continue reading

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Agar flakes

I’ve had another first experience today. Earlier in the year, I made rhubarb jelly out of juice left over from stewing a few stalks. This was a success which I wanted to repeat – but since lockdown I’ve not been … Continue reading

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An elaborate bird table

This morning, I noticed that the birds had been fussing with the straw over the beans I’d sown yesterday. I wasn’t sure if they were after the one or the other, but as we were off out I kicked the … Continue reading

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Baby rhubarb

I can’t believe it is a month ago since I last volunteered at my local organic farm. And here I was once again, this time first potting up basil seedlings, followed by rhubarb transplants. I’d always wondered why the farm … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Post to the rescue

Over the weekend, I did some work for Zero Waste Leeds. They had asked if I could make a video of my composting system – and upon hearing that I wrote a blog, they asked if I could do a … Continue reading

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Tadcaster

Last week, the car battery needed topping up again, so to get 45 minutes continuous motoring in we drove to Tadcaster. Once upon a time, between teaching jobs, I’d done a spot of nannying for the nephews of Bear Grylls … Continue reading

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