Not just the beans need support …

Not just the beans need support …

In a previous Post I mentioned the Grow-a-Grower Campaign organised by Farnham Local Food, a CSA in Surrey.  They were fundraising to help support the training of an Assistant Grower and to cover a few essential necessities. The ‘All or Nothing’ target was £6000 and they had to reach that in four weeks.  If they hadn’t … Continue reading

Hang it all, its almost Summer …..

Hang it all, its almost Summer …..

There is nothing quite like a bit of bunting and an over-exuberance of yarn storming to hasten the arrival of Summer. Ok, it is still technically Spring but we have had a number of days of sunshine and the incessant rain has stopped plus the birds are stomping and chirping like a load of feathery James Brown tribute singers. … Continue reading

How do you grow a grower?

How do you grow a grower?

Just when you think it is safe to live, a new study is published saying that eating a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is not enough; the minimum portions needed to be healthy is now seven.  I love my greens – and reds, oranges, lemons etc but seven seems a lot to pack … Continue reading

Charity begins at home – in the home ….

Charity begins at home – in the home ….

The Poff complained, on one occasion, that it wasn’t fair that he was married to the only woman he had ever met that hated shopping. That isn’t entirely true as I am often tempted into buying a book, although only via the internet and not on the high street, plus I loved buying new pieces of art … Continue reading

Its not the same – thank goodness!

Its not the same – thank goodness!

Last week I joined the Cafe Sketchers in London on one of their visits to the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall to drink tea, eat homemade cake, drink a little more tea and do a little gentle sketching.  In my last Post ‘Too pretty to eat?’ I mentioned the word homogeneous and if it weren’t so difficult … Continue reading

Too pretty to eat?

Too pretty to eat?

Unable to put it off any longer I recently popped into a local supermarket to buy something to eat for the coming week.  I wandered up and down the aisles crammed full of food, a surprising amount on plastic trays double-wrapped in cardboard boxes, all promising amazing taste and health-giving properties.  I had started at the … Continue reading

Stranger than fiction – in a major key

Stranger than fiction – in a major key

My husband, being South African, was asked about a year ago what he thought about the award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man and the music of Sixto Rodriguez.  Not having heard of either and puzzled by the question the next day he searched the Internet in order to listen to a few tracks.  The impact of hearing the … Continue reading

Lights, camera, cable …..

Lights, camera, cable …..

As well as sketching I do love a bit of embroidery and machine stitching.  I can spend hours making marks and patterns with cotton thread, playing with textures and stabbing myself with needles.  So why is it that I have a small mountain of knits and crocheted squares waiting to be sewn up?  Why do I groan … Continue reading