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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Alone on Black Down, Sussex

September 16, 2017

These are the last days of summer – warm, peaceful, precious. There’s a storm predicted this afternoon but so far you wouldn’t guess it. I’ve discovered a bit more of the Downs. Black Down, the highest point in the National Park, acquired by the National Trust for all of us.

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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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Zero-Wasting my life #4 – I make my own lemon drink

August 21, 2017

Plastic-free organic lemon squash – the secret My issue today is what to do about the plastic bottle our squash comes in. When the kids were young we used to make our own lemon squash from our lemon tree. Sadly we no longer live in NZ and we don’t have a lemon tree. Sue says I […]

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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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Eco-kibbutzim: bringing biblical animals back to life

August 12, 2017

During my trip to Israel I’ve found a kibbutz where rare animals mentioned in the Bible are being reintroduced into their natural environment.   The original kibbutzim were highly regarded in the West and have long attracted idealistic young volunteers from all over the world. The new eco-kibbutzim offer an opportunity to work on the […]

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An Israeli solar farm keeps a 3000-year-old biblical law

August 10, 2017

Being 60% desert Israel has a lot of solar energy to share. There is no doubt that having few natural “fossil fuel” energy resources encouraged Israel to develop solar technologies and has led to Israel’s current position as one of the world’s solar technology superpowers. Did you know that:

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