The latest healthy eating advice doing the rounds is to eat 30 different species of plants per week. I say it's the latest advice but I only mean it's new in terms of gaining a critical mass following. Eating lots of different species has been good diet advice for a long time so this is… Continue reading 30 plants a week
Apple and butternut soup
It's Halloween so it seemed apt to have butternut squash soup for dinner tonight (also known as butternut pumpkin in Australia). Lately I've been thinking it might be worthwhile to share cheap meal ideas since so many people are struggling with bills right now. It's not hard to feed a family of four on a… Continue reading Apple and butternut soup
Hedgehogs eating the snails and berries from my allotment
Are you sick of hedgehog updates yet? We've been seeing the hedgehogs a lot. Last night we saw one of them clambering up the compost heap. Then this morning I saw one eating and drinking from the food bowl I put out. That green house is the Hogilo which you can buy from the British… Continue reading Hedgehogs eating the snails and berries from my allotment
The wasp and the sticky bun
I had an encounter with the local wildlife on the weekend: a wasp stung me on my lip. It was not a particularly nice experience. I blame the cinnamon bun. I had gone to Bandit Bakery to get some bread. Bandit Bakery is the best artisan bakery on the planet and they make the best… Continue reading The wasp and the sticky bun
The milkman returns!
When I was a child we had milk delivered in glass bottles to our front door. The milkman would come each morning, collect the empty bottles we left out, and deliver new full bottles of milk. It was a wonderful system that sadly became unpopular when I was still little. Today, for the first time… Continue reading The milkman returns!
Bees and toads
I can only get to the allotment once per week but it changes so much with each visit. My courgettes are cropping in abundance. I'm not sure what to do with them all. I also got my first tomatoes and cucumbers of the season. I have heaps and heaps of kale. More than we could… Continue reading Bees and toads
Argos are selling a vegan BBQ. The vegan industry is growing rapidly in the UK and I guess there's money to be made by using the v-word. Obviously vegans can use any type of BBQ because all BBQs are vegan. Maybe I should start selling a vegan bike? The supermarkets here are ramping up their… Continue reading Vegan BBQ
Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen
I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Daniel. I never had to take insulin and it went away after his birth. Oddly, I didn't have it during my pregnancy with Elizabeth and I say oddly because usually it gets worse as you get older. Most women who have the disease during one pregnancy… Continue reading Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen
Apparently 26% of British meat-eaters claim the attitude of vegetarians and vegans has put them off considering a plant-based diet. I think that's a bit silly. I'm sure there are some aggressive vegans with a bad attitude just as there are some aggressive motorists with a bad attitude and some aggressive police officers with a… Continue reading Aggressive vegans
Is there anything kale can’t do?
The author of the book, How not to die, has some terrific lectures online. He's very entertaining to listen to and knows his stuff. This particular talk is about the best way to avoid death. It goes through the leading causes of death starting from heart disease and by analysing the latest research demonstrates how… Continue reading Is there anything kale can’t do?
Inside my greenhouse
I'm so excited by all the things growing in my greenhouse. I've never had a greenhouse before but I can see what useful things they are. It's much easier to grow from seed because the greenhouse offers some protection from birds and pests. You can also control the amount of water they get. I planted… Continue reading Inside my greenhouse
A prickly thistle
Last August I planted an apple tree in the school garden. Since then I've watched with dismay as all the branches have slowly been ripped off. I don't think the children are doing this to deliberately destroy the tree. It's just that they're playing there and it gets knocked about and they grab onto it as… Continue reading A prickly thistle
A hedgehog house
We got a hedgehog house for our garden. I hope a hedgehog finds it suitable and moves in. I think it looks very inviting. That old pot next to it has been dragged with us all over the world, from city to city and country to country. I think we got it in Christchurch. My war… Continue reading A hedgehog house
The school garden
I spent most of my day off yesterday working in the school garden. Somehow it doesn't look much better despite my best efforts. It's just an ugly garden. Most of my time was spent removing a rogue bamboo which spreads faster than any other plant I've seen. I do like bamboo and I wouldn't mind it… Continue reading The school garden
Bathtubs for the garden
I took this photo outside the front entrance to the 25Hours hotel in Vienna. I love that they've got old galvanised bathtubs filled with plants! They've also done a good job with the plants where the mix of colours, textures, and heights is pleasing to look at. Most hotel entrances are sterile places devoid of plant… Continue reading Bathtubs for the garden
The school garden
I spent most of my day off yesterday in the garden at school with Ben and a friend, weeding and putting in new plants. There's a small garden there but it has been neglected and is a pretty sorry sight. Someone at some point has put in some bamboo which was a big mistake because it just takes… Continue reading The school garden