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How to get rid of monster weeds – and love Planet Earth

October 1, 2017

  Do “the Small Footprint Family” actually have small feet? Is a “lasagne bed” something kinky Italians sleep in? Can you get rid of monster weeds without using nasty chemicals? You’ll find all the answers below. In my eagerness to atone for the sin of spraying just a tiny bit of Roundup on my beloved plants (see […]

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A moody castle, a stolen priory and a silent cheese and wine party

September 20, 2017

Lanhydrock, National Trust, Cornwall, England We’re in Cornwall. Today we started off at St. Michael’s Mount and ended up in this non-conversational, companionable evening in front of our laptops. In between we visited Lanhydrock, erstwhile home of the 17th century Earl of Radnor, nicked from an Augustinian priority and owned by various family branches since […]

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My Monsanto shame, but what’s the alternative?

September 12, 2017

What was I thinking? When Steve from the allotments next door came by he caught me red-handed spraying Roundup on some weeds I’d been unable to pull up. Living next to allotments I should have known better than to try it on. Even though I only used it for the really hard-to-get-rid-of diehard weeds, and […]

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Suddenly I’m a cookery writer

August 28, 2017

What to do with our apples? I have become a cookery writer, a role not totally suited to me as I know next to nothing about cooking. Still … Last week I mentioned the bucket of apples from our garden Sue had picked and I had sorted. OK, I was going to write about it […]

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Paintings from recycled plastic

August 14, 2017

While in the ancient Roman port of Caesaria we came across Artnova. Artnova make green art, soft paintings  from recycled plastics. I was amazed at how soft the fabric was – and of course how beautiful the artworks.

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8 Great eco-blogs too good to miss

August 1, 2017

Today I’ve decided to do a round-up of some eco-blogs I love the look of, and a few I just couldn’t leave out. Treading my own path – names like this appeal to me. Various great ideas from Perth, Australia. I liked the look of this one:   2. The zero-waste chef We all love […]

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9 reasons to be positive about the plastic crisis

July 24, 2017

I want to help you feel good about the environment. First of all, let’s be honest. There is a plastic crisis. When you’re on an idyllic remote island no one even lives on and you can’t move for plastic rubbish. This is Henderson Island.   My second point: wild animals digesting plastic or getting tangled up […]

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Think your plastic-free life won’t make a difference?

July 10, 2017

Think you’re plastic-free life isn’t helping the planet? Read on.

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Is hard-nosed commerce the future of the sharing economy?

July 5, 2017

Is this what the sharing economy is all about? AirBnB is launching a new premium service aimed at providing a more hotel-like experience for the discerning traveller. I’ve noticed how private landlords have moved in on Airbnb lately as I use it from time to time for London workstays.

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My plastic challenge: we’ll all be eating bottles soon

June 26, 2017

My “Plastic Challenge” Diary There’s an art to refusing stuff. How you turn things down says a lot about you. Here’s what happened when I joined the plastic-free challenge in June. First, I made a real effort to turn down plastic bags when offered. How many? Not sure, but at least three from Marks and […]

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