8 Ways to Reduce your Use of Plastic

I have been on a quest to reduce the amount of plastic I use and throw away (see What’s your plastic footprint?) and to reduce the amount of new stuff I buy (see My pledge not to buy new stuff). If anyone needs a reminder why, then may I invite you to watch this 2…

Raspberries and Roses

A post about acceptance. The seasons are gently changing. Growth is slowing down, and with this there is a joy in noticing each new bloom. Autumn is a comfy chair. Better to sink in to it, and take what it offers.

Grottos and seafood

An exploration of the very different colours and textures of the Gironde. Chalky whites and greys are the background to bright splashes of colour from Oleander and Hibiscus, with the wonderful blue shutters popping up in the background.


Regular readers will be aware that last weekend I was engulfed by a) envy and then b) admiration for Sarah Raven at the Perch Hill Open garden. Some of her style seems to have rubbed off on me! I should say that I am possibly the least glamourous person in the world.  I don’t wear any jewellery…

Orange, apricot and almond flapjack

As I eagerly expect some snow (please please please let there be enough for an igloo!) I thought I would have a little play in the kitchen. This recipe comes from one of the two wonderful Wendys in my life.  Food has emotional warmth and meaning attached to it, and I love collecting recipes from friends….

The flower-grower’s veg

If you are a seasoned allotment-holder, look away now.  This selection will not feed a family of four.  If you, like me, dabble in veg for aesthetic purposes, for the colours and shapes and tastes, and the delight of popping a pod of peas into a waiting colander, then this post is for you. Since…