Environmental lover, artist, musician, writer, gardener - all things organic - Wildlife and the logic of easily solved problems.
The Memory Tree
I wrote and illustrated this poem many years ago, put it in a folder and never did anything else with it. Until now. When I wrote this, it was a time when there were some large badger culls going on and big arguments about whether it was ethical. It was also a time when it came to light that barn owls among others were in decline.
Mincecuits! Gluten free, dairy free seasonal cookies
People who know me well have always marvelled at how I manage to do shopping and cook meals with so many allergies between us.
My top 5 Eco Christmas Gift Picks
Listening to Christmas carols, fire on while my cinnamon and apple cake bakes in the oven and the children are away for the day, I get to reflect on the year and smile that I've handmade pretty much all of my gifts this year, but when I do buy presents I like to find a hidden treasure – something really unique. I spend an increasing amount of time thinking about how we can make our lives and gifts more ethical and eco friendly.
Letting the grass grow
Autumn is here – many of us have done our final Autumn lawn trim. This morning I looked next door and watched chemicals being sprayed over the brick weave drive paving to prevent the 'weeds' from coming up. Is our quest for pristine garden perfection good for the environment?
The Vegan and the Beef
I have toyed with veganism in the past few years but I've never seen enough evidence to show that it is any healthier or better for the environment than being a meat eater.
Future Food Or Thought..
Cutting some lettuce from one of my wooden salad growing pots on the window sill I ponder whether I should snip some mint from the live herb wall behind me while I poured few drops of olive oil over three cups of meal worms in a large bamboo bowl...
Music in the 1940's
I hadn't heard much 1940's music apart from the obvious Vera Lynn and such until a couple of years ago, when a chance purchase of a load of sheet music at a car boot sale gave me the best music education I've had in a long long time. The original intent was that I would be learning to play the music and singing with an acoustic guitar in care homes – but there was a huge flaw in that plan – I'm awful socially and not very confident so I had immense trouble connecting with people. Yet I love old people, I guess I just didn't know what to say to many of these strangers in the homes. However, the education was amazing and one I continue on today. It has widened my already unimaginable breadth of music love. So in this piece I'm hoping to share with you this knowledge and open up a whole era of new music to you. I find that a lot of the music that is played from that era is generally the war time pieces – many of these have sad or profound lyrics which will hold a variety of memories for those who were alive at the time, but there is SO much more music that was around in that decade and I'm going to focus generally on the more upbeat and less known ones.
We are Not Unskilled
When we talk about 'The Arts', people tend to only think about large stages and plush red velvet seats or big art galleries with installations that leave many scratching their head. The Arts though, is SO much more than that. It's every paper and magazine, every book, every website, every advert, the television, the radio and even every little thing you buy in the supermarket.